Information about Research on Cord Clamping



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Mercer, J., Nelson, C., Skovgaard R (2000).  “Umbilical Cord Clamping:   Beliefs and Practices of American Nurse-Midwives.Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 45(1), 58. (pdf)

 Mercer, J.  (2001).  “Current Best Evidence: A Review of the Literature on Umbilical Cord Clamping.Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, invited, November/December 2001;46(6):402-414. (pdf)

    Reprinted in Midirs-Midwifery Digest , 12(2), 249-257.

    Reprinted in Midwifery Best Practice Series: Volume 4, Elsevier.

Mercer, J.,  Skovgaard R.    “Neonatal transitional physiology: A new paradigm.” Journal of Neonatal and Perinatal Nursing, 2002;15(4):56-75. (pdf)

Mercer, J, McGrath, M, Silver, H, Hensman, A, Oh, W. (2003)  “Immediate and delayed cord clamping in infants born between 24 to 32 weeks: A pilot randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Perinatology, 23:466-472. (pdf)

Leffers, J, Martins, D, McGrath, M,  Brown, D, Mercer, J, Sullivan, M, Viau, P.  (2004).  Development of Theoretical Construct for Risk and Vulnerability from Six Empirical Studies.  Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 18(1):15-34.

Mercer, J, Skovgaard R,  Peareara-Eaves, J, Bowman, T.  "Nuchal cord management and nurse-midwifery practice." Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, September/October 2005. (pdf)

Mercer, J, McGrath, M, Vohr, B, Wallach, M, Padbury, J, Oh, W. (2006). "Delayed Cord Clamping in Very Preterm Infants Reduces the Incidence of Intraventricular Hemorrhage and Late Onset Sepsis: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Pediatrics, 117(4). (pdf)

Mercer, J, Erickson-Owens, D, Graves, B, Mumford-Haley, M.  "Evidence-Based Practices for the Fetal to Newborn Transition."  Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 2007;52:262-271. (pdf)

Coggins, M., Mercer, J. Delayed Cord Clamping Offers Advantages to Infants. Nursing for Women's Health, 2009;13(2):132-139.

Mercer, JS, Vohr, BR, Erickson-Owens, DA, Padbury, JF, Oh, W, (2010), Seven-month developmental outcomes of very low birth weight infants enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of delayed versus immediate cord clamping. J Perinatol. 30(1), 11-16. (pdf)

Sommers, R., Stonestreet, B., Oh, W., Laptook, A., Yanowitz, T., Raker, C., Mercer, J. "Hemodynamic effects of delayed cord clamping in premature infants" Pediatrics, 2012;129(3):e667-e672. (pdf)

Erickson-Owens, D., Mercer, J., Oh, W. “Umbilical cord milking in term infants delivered by cesarean section: A randomized controlled trial” Journal of Perinatology, doi: 10.1038/jp.2011.159. (pdf)

Mercer, J. Erickson-Owens, D. "Re-Thinking Placental Transfusion and Cord Clamping Issues." Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 2012;26(3):202–217. (pdf)

Ghavam, S.,Batra, D., Mercer, J., Kugelman, A., Hosono, S., Oh W., Rabe, H., Kirpalani, H., “Strategies to increase the placental transfusion in extremely low birth weight infants: meta-analysis of long term and short term outcomes." Transfusion, July 2013. (pdf)

Backes C, Rivera B, Haque U, Bridge J, Smith C, Hutchon D, Mercer J. "Placental Transfusion Strategies in Very Preterm Neonates: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2014 124(1). (pdf)

Mercer, J., Erickson-Owens D., "Is it time to rethink cord management when resuscitation is needed?" Accepted by Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, March 2014. NIHMS581881. (To be published December 2014).


Mercer, J, Skovgaard, R. (2004). "Fetal to Neonatal Transition: First, Do No Harm." In Downe, S, eds. Normal Birth (pp 141-160). Oxford: Elsevier Limited.

Mercer, J, Skovgaard, R. Erickson-Owens, D.  (2007).  "Fetal to Neonatal Transition: First, Do No Harm."  In Downe, S, eds  Normal Birth, 2nd Edition Edinburg, Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier, 2008.

Mercer, J and Erickson-Owens, D. (2009). “The Midwifery View of Shoulder Dystocia. In O’Leary’s Shoulder Dystocia and Birth Injury.3rd Edition. Totowa, NJ: Human Press

Mercer, J. Erickson-Owens, D. (2010). "Evidence for Neonatal Transition and the First Hour of Life."  In Walsh, D and Downe, S.  Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell


Rabe, H, Mercer, J. (2004). "Concerning the Article by L. Capasso et al.: Early Cord Clamping Protects At-Risk Neonates from Polycythemia."  Biology of the Neonate, 86(2):108 (pdf)

Mercer, J, Erickson-Owens, D.  “Delayed cord clamping increases infants' iron stores.” Invited Comment, The Lancet, 2006;367(9527):1956-1958. (pdf)

Mercer, J, Erickson-Owens, D, Letter to the Editor, Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 2007; 52(5):524-5. (pdf)

Mercer J, Erickson-Owens D. Cardiac asystole at birth: is hypovolemic shock the cause? Medical Hypotheses, 2009 Apr;72(4):458-63. Epub 2009 Jan 1. (pdf)

Mercer, J. and Bewley, S. (2009). Letter to the editor. Could early cord clamping harm neonatal stabilization? Lancet. Aug 1. 374(9687), 377-8. (pdf)

(Last updated: 06/30/2014)