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We will continously blog on our own and others results on cord clamping, as well as other news related to the subject, such as umbilical cord milking and resuscitation.

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11 February 2017
In memory of Hans Rosling:

Curiosity. Commitment. Factfullness.
On three occasions, Hans tweeted about our research. Obviously, I was both surprised and proud that this occupied and certainly hard courted person had time to follow what we've done. Now he is deceased, lost to all of us, but especially of course for his family, friends and loved ones.
There are many who have shared their memory of Hans Rosling during the recent days, yet I cannot help but share my thoughts with you.
We are many who admire Hans and what he accomplished, from his many years of work as a doctor in Africa, his research and start-up of programs in global health and his work with Gapminder. His humanism. In all I think three words shines brightly:
Curiosity. Commitment. Factfullness.
Hans always seemed to be curious, to phenomena in the world around us, curious on people, to figure out how the earth can be better place to live. The altruistic commitment he radiated, the commitment to spread knowledge, to help people, the passion to reach out, not to gain personal benefit, but for everyone's best. And then the word that Hans is said to have coined, and he was writing a book about: factfulness. To see past our own beliefs and prejudices. The ability to see the reality that is in front of us and to base our arguments on facts and not something else.
This last has never been so important as today, when many of us so easily begin to listen to the populists and the prophets of doom, the Trumps and right extremes.
Others have written that Hans Rosling's voice was more important now than ever before. I guess what we really should say is that everyone's vote is more important than in a long time.
When similar winds as from before World War II blows cold all around us, then it is time to join Hans Rosling disciples to become apostles: Start with a good dose of humanism and add thereto Curiosity. Commitment. And perhaps above all Factfulness.
Thanks for all Hans. I will try my best to honor your memory.

Memorial fund in honor of Hans Rosling

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22 January 2017
3 reasons for clamping the umbilical cord after 3 minutes
14 January 2017
30 seconds might be enough when delaying cord clamping at cesarean sections


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Two of the persons involved in the development of Lifestart trolley ( has published a review in Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology.
"Abstract: The rationale for keeping the mother and her newborn together even when neonatal resuscitation is required is presented. The development of a customised mobile resuscitation trolley is detailed explaining how the resuscitation team can be provided with all the facilities of a standard resuscitation trolley to resuscitate the neonate at the mother’s side with an intact cord. Alternative low tech solutions which may be appropriate in low resource setting and with a low risk population are also described."

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9 July 2015
Delayed clamping vs. milking in preterm infants
12 June 2015
Review on delivery room management of newly born infants
23 May 2015
Cardiac changes during delayed cord clamping
3 May 2015
Delayed cord clamping with and without cord stripping: a prospective randomized trial of preterm neo
12 April 2015
Delayed cord clamping in South African neonates with expected low birthweight


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  • Timing of cord clamping in relation to start of breathing or ventilation among depressed neonates-an observational study.

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    Timing of cord clamping in relation to start of breathing or ventilation among depressed neonates-an observational study.
    BJOG. 2016 Jul;123(8):1370-7
    Authors: Ersdal HL, Linde J, Auestad B, Mduma E, Lyanga S, Svensen E, Perlman J
    OBJECTIVES: The optimal timing of cord clamping (CC) in nonbreathing neonates needing stabilisation/resuscitation remains unclear. The objective was to describe the relationship between time to CC, initiation of breathing or positive pressure ventilation (PPV) after stimulation/suction and 24-hour neonatal mortality/morbidity.
    DESIGN: Observational study.
    SETTING: A rural Tanzanian referral hospital.
    POPULATION: Depressed nonbreathing newborns.
    METHODS: Trained research assistants have observed every delivery (November 2009 through January 2014) using stop-watches and recorded data including fetal heart rate; time intervals from birth to CC and start of breathing or PPV and perinatal characteristics.
    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Twenty-four-hour neonatal outcome (dead, admitted, normal).
    RESULTS: There were 19 863 liveborn infants; 16 770 (84.4%) initiated spontaneous respirations, 3093 (15.6%) received stimulation/suctioning to initiate breathing. However, 1269 (41.0%) neonates failed to breath and received PPV at 98 ± 66 seconds and CC at 39 ± 35 seconds after birth. Adverse outcomes in neonates receiving PPV included 126 (9.9%) deaths and 100 (7.8%) neonatal admissions. In 1146/1269 (90%) neonates, CC occurred before PPV and was associated with 209 (18%) deaths/admissions. In 98 (8%) neonates, CC followed initiation of PPV with 14 (14%) deaths/admissions (P = 0.328). By logistic modelling, initiation of PPV before versus after CC was not associated with death/admission when adjusted for time to PPV. The risk for death/admission increased by 12% for every 30-second delay in PPV (P = 0.001).
    CONCLUSIONS: This observational study failed to demonstrate any relationship between time to CC and onset of breathing or initiation of PPV following stimulation/suction, and 24-hour outcome. Delay in initiation of PPV was significantly associated with death/admission.
    TWEETABLE ABSTRACT: No relationship between time to cord clamp, breathing or ventilation and 24-hour deaths in depressed neonates.
    PMID: 26701211 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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