Although immediate clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth has been shown to cause autism, cerebral palsy, anemia, hypovolemia, hypotension, ischemia, shock, shock lung, respiratory distress, oliguria, hypoglycemia, ischemic encephalopathy, mental retardation; neural, behavioral and developmental disorders, and more, the American College of Gynecologists states:
“Immediately after delivery of the neonate, a segment of the umbilical cord should be doubly clamped ...”
ACOG Practice Bulletins #127, #216, #348, 1989 – 2006
Isn't it time we asked ourselves why ACOG is making this abusive and violent protocol a mandatory ritual?
Who is behind the creation of this and other abusive and violent hospital-birth protocols?
Who benefits from traumatizing our children unnecessarily?
Who benefits from the theft of our children's cord blood, placentas, and life-force?
Birth Injuries Related to Umbilical Cord Clamping:
*The “MOST IMPORTANT FINDING was that delayed cord clamping resulted in a 47% reduction of risk of infant anemia.” 
*“For each decrement in hemoglobin, [infant anemia] the risk of mental retardation [in grade school] increased by 1.28.” [2, 3]
How many obstetricians / neonatologists understand that when a pulsating cord is clamped, and enough blood volume is removed to cause anemia in infancy, the child’s IQ will be lowered for the rest of its life, possibly to the extent of perpetual dependency?
EARLY CORD CLAMPING –> ANEMIA –> MENTAL RETARDATION
The practice of Immediate Cord Clamping (ICC) became widespread after 1980 with the introduction of neonatal intensive care units and two new medical specialties, neonatology and perinatology. The mandated routine care of the “at risk” birth entails ICC and immediate removal to a resuscitation table for immediate ventilation / oxygenation.
These “ICC” neonates, mainly preemies, C-section deliveries and “fetal distress / asphyxia” births, are thus routinely hypovolemic - , “a portion of the blood [volume] being left in the placenta”; many “normal” births are also subjected to ICC. The degree of blood loss determines the degree of eventual anemia and the scale of other injuries that are recorded on birth certificate worksheets. For thirty years, perinatal academia has promoted an injurious practice that violates the basic principles of birth physiology.
Permanent Neural Injuries
Autism, (autistic spectrum disorder ASD) is the most common cord clamp injury. It is a learning disorder of sound memory and speech. Inability to remember and form sounds (words) impairs mental ability; the severity of ASD is measured by the child’s IQ. The ICC and Cesarean section epidemics parallel the autism epidemic.
Cerebral Palsy follows neonatal (ischemic) encephalopathy and occurs in neonates that are born already compromised by hypovolemia and hypovolemic shock, and are resuscitated by ICC and ventilation.
Hutton EK, Hassan ES. Late vs Early Clamping of the Umbilical Cord in Full-term Neonates. JAMA, March 21, 2007—Vol 297, No. 11 1241-1252
Lozoff B, Beard J, Long-lasting neural and behavioral effects of iron deficiency in infancy Nut. Rev 2006 May 64 (5 PT 2): S34-S43
Hurtado EK et al. Early childhood anemia and mild to moderate mental retardation. Am J Clin Nut. 1999; 69(1): 115-9.
The following thesis defines the extent of the perinatal professions’ errors and fallacies, and illustrates how a small group of professional midwives have avoided this tragic travesty of modern obstetrical practice: http://www.cordclamp.org/Birth%20Brain%20Injury%20PUB.pdf