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We found that when we delayed the cord clamping briefly,
30 to 45 seconds at birth,
in very low birthweight babies born between 24 and 32 weeks
then lowered the little babies down, we found that
they had less bleeding in their brains
and they had less infections.
My name is Judith Mercer
I'm a clinical professor at the University of Rhode Island.
I became interested in the subject a long time ago
in my own practice as a nurse midwife
when I noticed my babies did better if I delayed the cord clamping.
They nursed better, they were warmer, they cried less.
It's a very simple, low cost, low tech intervention.