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Clinical Trial Evaluates Early vs. Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping after Birth


Clinical trial finds no benefit to maternal satisfaction in delayed cord clamping after birth

Maternal satisfaction during birth has gained significant importance in recent years.
If you are an expectant mother, it would be your utmost priority to keep the childbirth process as comfortable as possible while simultaneously ensuring the safety of the newborn.

A recent clinical trial has aimed to measure the effect of umbilical cord clamping time on maternal satisfaction during childbirth. 

Clamping of the umbilical cord is part of the third stage of delivery. Delayed umbilical cord clamping has become a popular trend in recent years. It is a practice that involves postponing the clamping of the umbilical cord for a few minutes after the baby is born.

This is in contrast to the traditional practice of immediate cord clamping, which involves cutting the cord immediately after the baby is born. Delayed cord clamping (DCC) is recommended due to its contribution to the prevention of anemia in newborns. However, the effects of DCC on maternal satisfaction during birth are debated as strong clinical data on this topic is lacking.

A recent clinical trial has sought to examine the impact of delayed umbilical cord clamping on maternal satisfaction.

The clinical study examined the data of 198 women who gave birth by normal vaginal delivery. The women were divided into two groups: those who had immediate cord clamping (within a minute of birth) and those who had delayed cord clamping (beyond the first minute after delivery of the baby or until the cessation of pulsations in the umbilical cord). Birth satisfaction was measured with the help of the Mackey Childbirth Satisfaction Rating Scale.

The results of the clinical trial showed that the average degree of satisfaction among the mothers in both groups was 4.55 out of 5. There was no significant difference between the average satisfaction scores of both groups of mothers.

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The clinical study found that delayed cord clamping was not associated with lower maternal satisfaction compared to immediate cord clamping. Women who had delayed cord clamping reported similar levels of satisfaction with their birth experience, as well as with the care provided by their midwife or doctor.

The clinical trial did demonstrate that maternal satisfaction with the birth experience did vary according to the age of the pregnant woman. The younger mothers showed more satisfaction.

The clinical study also found that delayed cord clamping was not associated with any adverse effects on the mother or the baby.

The findings of this study are significant because they provide further evidence that delayed umbilical cord clamping does not affect maternal birth satisfaction while it does have potential benefits for the newborn such as prevention of anemia.

In conclusion, the clinical trial highlights that delayed umbilical cord clamping is not associated with maternal satisfaction during the birth process.  At the same time, there are several potential benefits for both mothers and babies. However, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider to determine whether delayed cord clamping is appropriate for your situation.
Midwifery Journal, Dec-22
ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT03624335

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