and the Cord Clamp
This story is
basically very simple. Before birth, the placenta breathes for the
child, feeds it and excretes for it. After birth, the child’s
lungs, gut and kidneys must take over these functions that are
controlled by the child’s brain. During birth, blood is transferred
from the placenta to the child so that the lungs, gut, kidneys
and brain can function well.
Immediate Cord Clamping at birth (ICC) keeps
this blood in the placenta.
In adults, a
stroke is caused by loss of blood flow to part of the brain. In the
newborn, insufficient blood flow damages those parts of the brain
that are actively growing. When a large amount of the child’s blood
is clamped in the placenta, blood flow in the brain is impaired and
The basic injury
is blood loss into the placenta. Birth brain injury is avoided by
not clamping the umbilical cord and by allowing placental blood to
flow into the child during and after birth. The child closes its
own cord vessels naturally and perfectly, and at the correct time -
when the right amount of blood has been transfused.
Retardation and Cerebral Palsy are preventable by normal –
physiological – umbilical cord vessel closure.
End the Autism Epidemic
objective of this web site is to eliminate ICC from
obstetrical and midwifery practice, and to delay cord clamping until
every newborn has received a full, optimal placental transfusion.
This ensures an optimal blood volume, an intact central nervous
system, and a maximal IQ at birth for every child. Education of
expectant parents and grandparents about the effects of ICC
is of paramount importance in preventing birth brain injury.