Again. Meanwhile survivors of medicalized birth trauma, including doctors, get dumber with each generation. How many times must medical science re-discover and re-forget an elementary physiological fact about birth before they forget it for all time?
This study was “funded by a $2.4 million National Institutes of Health grant”. A reflection of the profit incentive behind every ongoing institutionalized medical experiment.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Feb. 8, 2019 — A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants’ umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new University of Rhode Island nursing study has found.
“When we wait five minutes to clamp the cords of healthy babies, there is a return of the infant’s own blood from the placenta, and one of the results is a return of up to 50 percent of the baby’s iron-rich blood cells,” said URI Professor of Nursing Debra A. Erickson-Owens, a certified nurse-midwife, who conducted the study with Judith S. Mercer, also a midwife and URI nursing professor emeritus. “So when the brain needs red blood cells (and iron) to make myelin, the robustness of the iron stores make a big difference,” Erickson-Owens said.
The study, published in the December issue of The Journal of Pediatrics and funded by a $2.4 million National Institutes of Health grant, challenges the practice of immediate cord clamping, which is still widespread.
“I presented six times (at major conferences) on this topic last spring, and I am still concerned with the number of clinicians who do not put this evidence-based research into their day-to-day practice,” Erickson-Owens said. “In fact, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology said in January 2017 that a one-minute delay is enough for healthy babies.
“Our study shows that waiting five minutes or more before clamping the umbilical cord, while infants are held skin-to-skin with the mother, leads to more myelin development,” Erickson-Owens said. “This is a low-tech, low-cost technique that we believe can mitigate iron deficiency and vulnerability to anemia.
“No other studies have been published on the association of the timing of cord clamping with early brain development, specifically myelin volume,” Erickson-Owens said. “What was significantly different was the amount of iron and brain myelin volume in the babies with delayed cord clamping, which was captured by an MRI.”…
The increasing precision with which they measure medical harm is definitely a high tech improvement over earlier unscientific anecdotal reports. But it does kinda detract from the bigger picture of gross symptomology like cerebral palsy, early-onset autism and death, although their connections with ICC have been studiously ignored for a very long time anyway.
How to put this delicately: this is an outrage. A long standing pattern of flagrant medical criminality under a cloak of “standard of care” and total impunity. They’ve known about this issue for over 200 years. Other mammals have known about it forever.
Before medicine got involved in birth ICC wasn’t even an issue because the same “primitive instincts” which prevent normal people from trying to breast feed placentas avoided the need to drug mothers into delirium so they wouldn’t remember the medieval tortures they endured at the hands of “experts”. ICC was introduced to keep babies from dying from those “twilight sleep” drugs (belladonna and morphine). After ICC became institutionalized it was just another way to maximize profits by expediting the obstetrical assembly line while adding to the mystique of medical experts responding to (iatrogenic) emergencies and needless imprinted birth trauma.
Besides direct brain damage, ICC is a major cause of meconium aspiration from gasping through fluid-filled respiratory passages as placental oxygen is choked off from the newborn. Luckily we have very expensive high tech NICU’s to deal with those particular iatrogenic emergencies.
Forget the empire’s war crimes in distant lands for just a minute. People need to start paying attention to what is happening under their very noses. How often do you see human rights demonstrations outside of hospitals that commit routine obstetrical abuse and genital mutilation? These abuses are a prelude to psychopathy and warmongering in the adult survivors. Maybe it’s time to start raising hell. Medicine has very clearly demonstrated its inability to change.
Go to youtube and look at videos of monkeys, dogs and cats giving birth. Do they make an emergency of immediately chewing through the umbilical cord? Do you think nature doesn’t know how to birth babies?
You want peace? Then stop hurting children.
“Immediate clamping of the umbilical cord at birth has become a standard procedure during the past two decades. This merits investigation as the cause of increased incidence of autism.
Clamping of the umbilical cord before the lungs function induces a period of total asphyxia and produces severe hypovolemia by preventing placental transfusion – a 30% to 50% loss of blood volume – resulting in a hypoxic, ischemic neonate at risk for brain damage. As in circulatory arrest and other factors that disrupt aerobic metabolism, damage of brainstem nuclei and the cerebellum can result. Visible damage seen in some cases of autism also involves brainstem nuclei and the cerebellum. The brainstem auditory pathway is especially vulnerable to brief total asphyxia. Impairment of the auditory system can be linked to verbal auditory agnosia, which underlies the language disorder in some children with autism.
Due to blood loss into the placenta, the immediately clamped neonate is very prone to develop infant anemia that has been widely correlated with mental deficiency and learning / behavior disorders that become evident in grade school.
We propose that increased incidence of autism, infant anemia, childhood mental disorders and hypoxic ischemic brain damage, all originate at birth from one cause – immediate umbilical cord clamping. This deserves to be investigated as extensively as genetics or exposure to toxic substances as an etiological factor for autism. Normal cord closure, with placental oxygenation and transfusion, prevents asphyxia and ischemia.
Allowing physiological cord closure at every delivery could at least reduce the incidence of birth brain injuries. …
Immediate clamping of the umbilical cord before the child has breathed (ICC) has been condemned in obstetrical literature for over 200 years.   In the 1970s, primate research [A] using ICC to produce neonatal asphyxia resulted in brain lesions similar to those of human neonatal asphyxia.”
Anemia resulting from premature clamping may lead to long-term cognitive deficiencies, even where iron supplements are given:
SIDS has been correlated with abnormalities in neurochemical metabolism in the brainstem, which is the area most affected by ICC.
The finding that boys are more vulnerable to the effects of ICC than girls correlates with higher rates of both SIDS and autism among boys.
The trauma of being asphyxiated at birth after losing half your blood to the placenta can only be imagined.
“In 1975, the College Entrance Examination Board commissioned an advisory panel to examine the possible reasons for an alarming continuing decline in the scores of high school students on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests or, “SAT’s,” a decline which had started with the 18-year-olds born in 1945 and thereafter. From 1963 to 1977, the score average on the verbal part of the SAT’s fell 49 points. The mathematical scores declined 31 points. (1) (…)
“The SAT is designed to be an unchanging measurement. Considerable effort has been made to keep the test a sufficiently constant measure so that any particular score received on a current test indicates the same level of ability to do college work that the same score did 36 or 20 or 5 or 2 years ago. The SAT measures individual students’ capacities not only in comparison with their peers in the particular group but also in comparison with those who took the test in earlier years …. The SAT score decline does not result from changes in the test or in the methods of scoring it.” (2) (…)
“What happened around 1945 that might have contributed to declining academic performance in the United States in the years that followed? Consider this brief history: According to figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, hospitals were the setting for only 36.9% of American births in 1936. By 1945 that figure had more than doubled to 78.8%. In 1950, 88% of Americans were born in hospitals. In 1960 the figure was 96.6% and in 1970, 99.4%. (…)
“A reading of the obstetric literature indicates that there had always been philosophic differences among doctors regarding normal childbirth. There were those who felt it was best to allow nature to take its course and there were those who felt that intervention was better. In the years following the 40s and under the stresses of the population explosion, there was a tremendous acceleration of intervention in obstetric care. Instead of adapting to the time-consuming demands of normal childbirth, the obstetric community (with very few exceptions) changed normal childbirth to conform to the comfort of the mothers and the convenience of the doctors, hospital staffs and hospital routines — all at the expense of the fetus and newborn.”