It's only taken a month or so for me to get around to blogging about the warm welcome BloodtoBaby received at this years 2018 Royal Collage of Midwives (RCM) Conference.
BloodtoBaby has been building momentum year on year at the RCM. In 2015 BloodtoBaby was featured in the poster presentation, in 2016 I nervously gave a presentation about BloodtoBaby to a small room of around 60 people. And in 2017 I was astonished and very grateful to receive the RCM Evidence into Practice Award for the BloodtoBaby campaign.
This year I was fortunate to have been an exhibitor at the RCM conference and I'd like to give thanks for the very warm reception I received and tell you about the 2 bold moves BloodtoBaby took at this years conference.
Move 1; changing dialogue
BloodtoBaby is fundamentally about optimal cord clamping (OCC). However over the last year I have made a concerted effort to change the vocabulary on the website to integrate David Hutchon's description:
"physiological transition of the newborn with optimal cord clamping"
This expands our dialogue to unify and harmonise practice, which is so much more than the arbitrary 1 minute delay in cord clamping previously seen. New vocabulary places the focus on the importance of gentle transition of the newborn via OCC in numerous scenarios, including preterm birth, compromised babies and different modes of birth.
Subsequently at the RCM conversations included intact cord resuscitation, taking cord gasses/Direct Coombes Test with an intact cord and practice around physiological and active management of the third stage of labour.
Move 2 - tackling umbilical cord banking
Umbilical cord banking (UCB) has been a contentious topic in the midwifery world and consequently is a difficult topic to discuss, for me, this is mainly due to fear of reprisal because of the strong opinions and beliefs individuals have about issues around UCB.
Despite this, it is important area to address as women and families are now seriously looking at UCB options at birth. It is a complex subject where research is evolving at a pace as new medical developments emerge and new therapies offer real life advantages.
There are significant differences between public and private banking both of which have their own benefits and limitations.
My primary aim is to ensure midwives, women and families have knowledge to be able to make reasoned informed choices AND that fundamentally the baby is not deprived of its own blood and stem cells at birth.
This is why I have developed a new page on BloodtoBaby and the first evidence based resource about umbilical cord blood banking primarily aimed at maternity healthcare professionals.
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