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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2019 May 13. pii: fetalneonatal-2018-316592. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-316592. [Epub ahead of print]

Crying and breathing by new-born preterm infants after early or delayed cord clamping.

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Neonatal Unit, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin 2, Ireland.
National Children's Research Centre, Dublin, Ireland.
School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Neonatal Unit, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


Guidelines recommend delayed cord clamping (DCC) of at least 30 s for vigorous preterm infants who do not require resuscitation. It is not known whether DCC affects the rate of crying and breathing after birth. We reviewed videos of 80 preterm infants in the delivery room. Most infants cried and breathed after both immediate and delayed cord clamping before respiratory support was given. Infants arrived at the resuscitaire in similar physiological condition, regardless of the time after birth at which they arrived.


breathing; crying; delayed cord clamping; infant; newborn

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Competing interests: None declared.

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