TABLE 27.

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping

SourceLocation and Type of TrialInterventionPerinatal/Neonatal Outcome
Grajeda et al454Guatemala; urban hospital setting; RCT88 infants were enrolled, out of which 73 were followed up at 2 mo of age. 69 blood samples were available. In group 1 (n = 29) the cord was clamped immediately after birth. Group 2 infants (n = 30) had the cord clamped after pulsations stopped but with the infants kept at the same level as the mother's heart. Group 3 infants (n = 29) had delayed cord clamping at cessation of pulsations but the infants were placed at a lower level.Infants in the groups with delayed cord clamping had significantly higher hematocrit values 2 mo after delivery compared with the control group. There were no differences between groups 2 and 3.