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David J R Hutchon, Speaker at Neonatology Conferences
Memorial Hospital, Darlington, United Kingdom


Avoiding the harm of early cord clamping at birth is now recommended internationally. This recommendation is currently limited to neonates not requiring resuscitation at birth. These are the same babies that are most harmed by early clamping. The problem arises because the traditional resuscitation trolley is a few yards away from the mother and cord clamping is required to move the neonate over. There is also a perception that there is insufficient space for both the obstetric team and the neonatal team, but experience shows this is not the case. A development tool will be presented which will allow every maternity unit to provide motherside resuscitation with an intact cord at all births.


Dr David Hutchon, a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricitians and Gynaecologists, has 30 years experience as a consultant obstetrician in the UK. For the past 15 years he has been researching and teaching about the harm of early cord clamping, organizing conferences on the subject, publishing over 40 papers, speaking at neonatology meetings and ran an international workshop in Edinburgh on motherside neonatal resuscitation with an intact cord. He recently co-authored the chapter on cord clamping in the second edition of Golden Hours, Care of the Very Low Birth Weight Neonate.