|June 2011 · Vol. 23, No. 6
IN THE FIRST 5 MIN OF LIFE
OB and neonatal medicine
practices are evolving—
in ways that might surprise you
Move away from, first, suctioning during normal term birth and, second, any immediate clamping of the cord. There’s more.
Editor in Chief
Obstetricians are trained to manage key aspects of the birth process, including protecting the maternal perineum and fetus from trauma and providing initial support to the newborn. Historically, our initial support for the newborn has included:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently modified its recommendations on initial support to emphasize several alternative practices.1 Here is a roundup of what the Academy recommends now.