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Risk of respiratory morbidity in term infants delivered by elective caesarean section: cohort study

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:85

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Information that was not stated.

There must be concern of missing information. This would be how
quickly the umbilical cord was clamped off. Generally, hasty umbilical
cord clamping is imposed, as an element of surprise, within 30-seconds of
the child being removed from the womb. Or, the cord is clamped within 120
seconds, or under two minutes. The lungs then do not get sufficient
infusion of the placenta blood. The brain cells are cut off the steady
flow of oxygenated blood.

When is the proper time to clamp and/or cut the cord? After the
placenta is birthed and all pulsation has ceased. The time period is
between 10 minutes, more or less. This is due to the infant in order not
to cause internal damages, particularly, to the lungs, the brain and the
central nervous system.

What is also missing is where the placenta blood remaining in the
placenta and the umbilical cord is taken? Is it to be burned, poured down
the drain, or practically used? In the 1940 Anemia report the blood was
taken to be put in blood banks, from 50 ccs, to over 200 ccs.

How much of the infant's blood was deprived the child? This can be
measured from the contents taken from both the placenta and the umbilical
cord. Was the placenta blood and the cord blood sent for separation and
for stem cells to be sold on the open market? Did the mothers consent to
this placenta blood collection? Were the medical persons paid for the
collection of the human cells? If so, who paid them and how much?

There is motive to hold the baby above the placenta to allow blood in
the baby and in the umbilical cord to drain back into the placenta if the
largest collection of blood is to be obtained and sold.

If 80 ccs to over 250 ccs of placenta blood and cord blood were sent
to a public blood bank or a private cord blood bank the child will be
tested and found anemic. There will not be sufficient blood infused into
the expanding lungs. This will explain the increased lung disorders.

The weakened children have been known in many past human baby
experiments on the time of the early clamping off the umbilical cord. The
logic is all revival is on the untied cord - and not to allow any finger
or hand cord compression demonstration to students or other doubting
medical persons - that the baby is being deprived of continous flow of
essential properties owed to it - blood. Then the infant is revived by
releasing the cord compression if the care giver is using fingers to
compress the cord, for 10 or 20 seconds. And, while the child lives the
heart may have been damaged. It may not go back to fetal size,
particularly, if the child was chilled.

The blood in the placenta has purpose. It has immunities for the
benefit of the child, enzymes, and hormones to the sex of the child, and
the proper volume of blood and proper pressure to the altitude the child
is born. When deprived of the proper placenta blood infusion, the child is
caused to be weaker. This is a time bomb of latent internal injuries -
that may take years to be noted. By that time the early cord clamping
imposed at birth is long forgotten and who lit the fuse.

The issue of hasty cord clamping, very unnatural, should be taken to
a Public Commissioned Inquiry for the proper after birth care for all
infants born anywhere on Planet Earth. This is all revival on the untied
cord. This is, if we want to prevent internal injuries, then, we must
observe the stronger creatures who are not cord tied when born without the
assistance of the human hands.

All babies who are not early clamped, more or less, the accidental
birth - no one to tie off the cords, do thrive. This is an observation
back to 1801 to Dr. Erasmus Darwin; also the observation and by tests, are
in the report on one of the causes of anemia to infants of Dr. William F.
Windle, 1940 report; and to the research of Dr. Mavis Gunther, 1957; and
to the concern of an educator, Pearce, author of Magical Child. There are
many more reviews of past research to note, healthier and stronger infants
are those left on the untied umbilical cord, the longest, or never clamped
or cut from the cord. That is a return to Primal and Natural Birth, that
some today, call it the Lotus Birth.

The duty of care has always been one standard - do no harm.

Donna Young
Birth Researcher since 1998

Round Table Discussion on Anemias of Infancy, Nov 18-20, 1940,
American Academy of Pediatrics, William F. Windle, et al.

Petition: Protect Babies and Mothers, Too (on line) (see complimentary downloads on birth

Magical Child, 1977, J. C. Pearce

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

23 August 2010
Donna Young
Natural Birth Education
P. O. Box 504 Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H4 Canada