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    2000-2010, Ongoing Insights:

    Many people have contacted me since I put up this website in 2000.  In
    2002 Dr. George Morley, a retired obstetrician, sent me an email asking if I
    knew how soon after birth Conrad's umbilical cord had been clamped.  
    Clearly, it was before he was breathing, and I still re-experience the sense
    of panic I felt, that my baby was on the other side of the delivery room, pale
    and lifeless, surrounded by a team of people working to get him breathing.

    I had thought of Conrad's traumatic birth as a tragic accident, that he was
    stillborn and brought back to life by resuscitation.  Reading the paper by
    Dr. Morley (1998) I learned a few things I was never aware of:

    “During the third stage of natural labor, placental respiration
    continues for a time.  The newborn also receives a placental
    transfusion that optimizes its blood volume.  Physiologic closure of
    the cord vessels terminates this transfusion.  When the cord is
    clamped before these vessels close, the amount of placental
    transfusion usually is reduced, sometimes markedly, particularly if
    the infant's lungs are not yet ventilated.  Clamping after the vessels
    have closed insures hemostasis and does not affect cord
    physiology.  In current practice, the cord usually is clamped as soon
    as is convenient, regardless of physiology.” [OBG Management, July
    1998, p29]

    Why should I have known this?  Don’t we rely on doctors to do the right
    thing?  I do now believe that Conrad could have been resuscitated sooner
    with the umbilical cord left intact and functioning, and been saved from
    brain damage and autism.  
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