Dr. Greene at TEDxBrussels on TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping

Immediate cord clamping, made popular in 1913, results in up to 10x the risk of developing iron deficiency anemia. There has been a movement to end immediate cord clamping that is known as delayed cord clamping, but that does not capture the essence of what is best for baby.  I prefer the term optimal cord clamping because there are times when clamping immediately is best for baby. Normally waiting an extra 90 seconds to allow the blood in the cord to pump into baby isn’t a delay at all, but is optimal.

Watch this TEDxBrussels video for more detailed information and my introduction of the campaign to change when we clamp the cord. The campaign is  TICC TOCC — Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping to Optimal Cord Clamping.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. kirsty

    Hi , I am very interested to have come across your campaign- I am currently writing my dissertation for my Midwifery degree in the UK on optimal cord clamping and creating an audit proposal for the local trust. Any further info is greatly received.

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    • Thanks Kirsty. There’s a nice bibliography on the topic at the bottom of this article TICC TOCC.

      Good luck with your dissertation.
      @MsGreene

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