Success of campaign by Leeds midwife to change baby guidelines

Amanda Burleigh

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The umbilical cord provides the developing baby with vital oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from the placenta while in the womb.

The timing of clamping the cord after delivery has been the subject of discussion for many years. The new guidance excludes babies with a slow heartbeat who need immediate resuscitation, but the cord could still be kept intact if a specialist resuscitation trolley – designed by a team including Amanda Burleigh – is available.

Other new guidance on maternity services issued by NICE includes that one-to-one care by a midwife should be supported by service providers and wherever the birth happens, the woman should be in control, listened to and cared for with compassion.

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