Should very preterm babies receive a placental transfusion at birth? A randomised controlled trial study

Project type/s Clinical trial
Project status Currently underway

This project aims at investigating whether babies born before 30 weeks of pregnancy would benefit from Placental transfusion - a simple way of giving the baby extra blood at birth by delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord by 60 seconds or more. This simple procedure appears to improve many health outcomes of babies born at term, but there is no evidence that it would increase or decreases death or childhood disability in very pre-term babies. This study will build new knowledge for clinicians regarding whether placental transfusion does more good than harm, before it becomes even more widely used.

Team Members

  • Prof Helen Liley - Team Role: Principal Investigator
  • Glenn Gardener - Team Role: Project Coordinator