Better fine motor skills with delayed cord clamping

The importance of the umbilical cord not only for the fetus but for newborn infants too was shown by Swedish researchers several years ago, in a study that received great international acclaim. In a follow-up study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics they have now been able to show an association between delayed cord clamping (DCC) and children’s fine motor skills at the age of four years, especially in boys.

Several years ago, in a clinical study comprising 400 newborns, Dr. Ola Andersson and colleagues demonstrated that the risk of iron deficiency at the age of four months was considerably lower in infants whose umbilical cords were clamped and cut three minutes after birth (‘delayed cord clamping’, DCC) than in those whose cords were removed within 10 seconds ('early cord clamping’, ECC). The newborns in the study were well-nourished babies born after full-term pregnancies to healthy mothers.

'If the cord is left in place for three minutes, the blood continues to flow into the newborn’s circulation. The baby receives about a deciliter of extra blood, which corresponds to two liters in an adult,’ says Dr. Andersson, a researcher at Uppsala University and pediatrician in Halmstad.

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anonymous asked:

I'm 19, I've had two surgical abortions. Both procedures were successful, but when I go to any doctor for physicals etc. I feel embarrassed to admiring this. I was told these procedures wouldn't be noticeable to a doctor so I didn't have to disclose this info, however I wanted to get the POV from a person in the field. Just how important is it for a woman to disclose this information to their doctor? Could there be repercussions? I am always hesitant to these questions and responses

For the most part you can trust that your medical provider has heard it all and will not even flinch when they hear you’ve had an abortion, but you know your neighborhood/hospital/clinic/provider best, and you will know whether or not it’s safe to disclose to them.

As someone who talks to patients about their history of abortions/miscarriages/previous pregnancies I can say that I will never think differently about a patient when they tell me they’ve had abortions in the past, except to consider how it will affect their current health. 

  • If they’re pregnant right now (most of my patients are) I will tuck that information away in my brain so that if during the birth their cervix has difficulty dilating, I’ll massage it in a particular way to help it release.  This can happen after abortion or any other procedures that affect the cervix.
  • If their placenta is having difficulty coming out after the birth, I’ll consider reasons that I might not have otherwise, things that likely only happen after a procedure has been undertaken inside the uterus.
  • If they’re not pregnant and don’t want to be pregnant, I’ll spend a little more time talking about birth control methods so that they can avoid another abortion.

However, I cannot tell if someone has had an abortion just from looking.  You do not ned to ever disclose that information, but I find it over all the most helpful to find a provider that you can trust so that during any later pregnancies, they can be as supportive and attuned to your body as need be.