The tender Umbilical Chord which is the lifeline between the mother and the fetus continue to mystify Doctors and researchers with each day throwing up a fresh list of possibilities. The latest news about the Placenta happens to be the possibility of holding newborns differently and thus reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency.

It has been reported that holding newborns differently, could allow more blood to pass from the mother into the new born baby’s body. This lowers the risk of iron deficiency during infancy.

According to the Standard Procedure used for cutting the Umbilical cord requires the baby to be held at the level of the mother’s placenta. The procedure has been described as extremely uncomfortable and hampers immediate contact between the mother and her new born baby.

According to a new study conducted in Argentina it was observed how changing the position in which babies are held post birth could affect the use of delayed cord clamping. The study involved 197 babies held in the currently recommended position and 194 who were placed on the mother’s stomach or chest. Both the groups of babies had equal volumes of blood flowing through their placenta. Thus it is now established placing the baby on the mother’s belly or chest is a much more convenient procedure to follow the rather awkward procedure being adopted at present.

Lead author Nestor Vain, of the Foundation for Maternal and Child Health in Buenos Aires, said in a journal news release “Iron deficiency in newborn babies and children is a serious public health problem in low-income countries, and also prevalent in countries from North America and western Europe. Our study suggests that when umbilical cord clamping is delayed for two minutes, holding the baby on the mother’s chest or abdomen is no worse than the currently recommended practice of holding the baby below this level,”

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