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The CORD Pilot trial is currently testing the feasibility of conducting a large UK trial to assess the effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping for preterm infants born before 32 weeks gestation.
When a preterm infant is born, the cord is usually clamped immediately. Deferring cord clamping will allow blood flow between the placenta and baby to continue for a few minutes after birth. The net flow is known as ‘placental transfusion’. For preterm babies, placental transfusion may amount to up to one third of the baby’s potential blood volume, and may continue for 2- 5 minutes.
This period of continued blood flow may help the baby during the transition from fetal to neonatal circulation. The additional blood volume may help protect against some of the complications of being born too soon.
There are some suggestions that deferring cord clamping may be beneficial, but more evidence is needed about effects on substantive measures of morbidity, mortality and disability -free survival.