Letters Cord clamping

NICE is encouraging artificial intervention

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39164.428843.1F (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:651
  1. David J R Hutchon, consultant obstetrician (djrhutchon@postmaster.co.uk)
  1. Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington DL3 6HX

    As well as seeming to discourage the detection of postpartum depression,1 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is also encouraging the artificial intervention of immediate cord clamping.2

    The NICE guideline for caesarean section includes a section on cord clamping. It states a number of “suggested” benefits and a number of “possible” harms. The reference is a review paper in a midwifery journal. …

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