Neonatal resuscitation with intact umbilical cord

Midwifery Today Int Midwife. Summer 2012;(102):42-3.


This paper investigates neonatal resuscitation with the umbilical cord intact. Research confirms numerous immediate and long-term benefits to leaving the cord intact while performing neonatal resuscitation in both term and preterm neonates, while doing no harm. Current neonatal resuscitation guidelines from around the world are discussed with respect to the cord. Methods for incorporating an intact cord into standard resuscitation procedures are explored.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal
  • Labor Stage, Third / physiology*
  • Midwifery / methods*
  • Natural Childbirth / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Resuscitation / nursing*
  • Umbilical Cord*