Term babies with delayed cord clamping: an approach in preventing anemia.

Research paper by Arif Aktug AA Ertekin, Nilufer N Nihan Ozdemir, Zeki Z Sahinoglu, Tugba T Gursoy, Nazan N Erbil, Erdal E Kaya

Indexed on: 16 Oct '15Published on: 16 Oct '15Published in: The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians


We investigated the effects of delayed and early clamping of the cord on the hematologic status of the baby at birth and at the end of second month.Umbilical cord of 74 babies were clamped in the first 30 s (Group 1) and 76 were clamped at 90-120 s (Group 2). Levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit, iron and ferritin were analyzed from the umbilical cord blood at birth and from the venous samples at the end of second month.Hemoglobin, hematocrit, iron and ferritin levels of cord blood were similar in both groups. However, their levels other than ferritin were higher in Group 2 at the end of second month. Two babies had respiratory distress and twelve neonates received phototherapy in Group 2 whereas only five neonates received phototherapy in Group 1.Term babies to whom delayed cord clamping was performed had improved hematological parameters at the end of second month. Therefore, delaying cord clamping in these babies may be a favorible approach in preventing anemia.