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RMJ. 2018; 43(3): 436-439

Effect on fetal hemoglobin and haematocrit level at 6 hours of life in cord clamping at 1 and 2 Minutes

Sahar Hanif Rao, Kinza Alam, Rubina Kousar, Tahir Ahmad Munir, Inam Qadir Javed, Muhammad Bilal.


Objective: This article seeks to investigate if delayed cord clamping can prevent iron deficiency anemia.
Methodology: This Randomised controlled trial was conducted at department of obstetrics and gynecology, Robina Mubbashar Hospital (MRH) and Mohiuddin Teaching Hospital (MOTH) Mirpur, AJK from February 2016 to August 2017. A total of 218 inducted females were divided into groups A and B. The cord was clamped at 1 minute in group A while in group B clamping was delayed till 2 minutes after delivery. Neonatal hemoglobin (Hb) and hematocrit (Hct) were done 6 hours after birth. Data were analysed with SPSS version 16.
Results: Mean age of study group was 25.66±3.13 years. There were 56% male and 44% females in group A, while 38.5% male and 61.5% female in group B. The neonatal Hb and Hct levels in group A were 15.90±0.33 and 46.90±0.55, compared to 17.28±0.31 and 50.70±1.41 in group B (p0.05) was seen between group A and B regarding gestational age and parity with neonatal Hct and Hb. The female age, BMI and mode of delivery showed significant difference (p

Key words: Delayed cord clamping, Neonatal haematocrit, Neonatal haemoglobin

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