Letters Rushing to clamp umbilical cord

More evidence is needed to inform practice

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d122 (Published 11 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d122
  1. Diane Farrar, research fellow1
  2. On behalf of Lelia Duley, Amanda Burls, Jon Dorling, Nick Embleton, William McGuire, Sam Oddie, John Simes, William Tarnow-Mordi, Jim Thornton, Derek Tuffnell, Bill Yoxall
  1. 1Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford BD9 6RJ, UK
  1. diane.farrar{at}bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Scientific Advisory Committee did not advise that there is “no evidence that the timing of cord clamping affected postpartum bleeding.”1 Rather, it said there is “no statistically significant difference” for postpartum haemorrhage or severe postpartum haemorrhage, and therefore the optimal timing for cord clamping is “unclear.”2 Lack of evidence of an effect is not the same as evidence of …

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