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Umbilical Clamping – Follow The Foals

A friend forwarded me this wonderful letter in the Telegraph published very recently:

“SIR – After a 10-year battle, Amanda Burleigh has persuaded Nice to recommend other midwives not to clamp the umbilical cord of newborn infants immediately, to allow more time for oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood from the placenta to reach their as yet fragile blood supply.

Almost 50 years ago, two veterinary greats, Dr Peter Rossdale and Professor Roger Short, demonstrated the vascular benefits of leaving the umbilical cord of newborn thoroughbred foals to rupture naturally when either the mare or foal first stood up. This approach is nowadays used on stud farms worldwide.

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Fond Memories of Sheila Kitzinger

We were saddened to hear of Sheila Kitzinger’s death.  Sheila was a doyen of the natural birth movement and inspired many others to follow her lead.

We remember with gratitude and happiness the day she spent talking to us at our KG Hypnobirthing Study Day only two short years ago.  The course was packed to hear her speak, and I have fond memories of the event and of Sheila.

More details about her life and work can be found on this BBC article.

The Finnish Baby Box

We often hear of new developments and advances in baby care, but equally often it is the tried and tested that is proven yet again to set the bench mark.

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