A few years ago, CDH Australia selected the Hudson Institute for Medical Research at Monash University for a research grant which discovered the benefits of delaying umbilical cord clamping at birth in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
More recently, CDH Australia donated $30,000 to the Hudson Institute specifically to purchase a Concord Birth Trolley Table in order to participate in a global medical trial led out of the Netherlands.
The Concord Table will enable the medical team to improve birth for babies who need support by providing lifesaving care with the umbilical cord intact. Close to mum, bub will have maximum benefit of blood from the placenta; and as we now know, delaying cord clamping has been shown to be beneficial where lung aeration is compromised.
The participation of the Hudson Institute, and the purchase of the Concord Table, will accelerate progress of the trial and provide vital experience to Australian clinicians on the logistics involved in providing support for babies born with CDH.