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Rome, March 13th 2015, 10 am – 2 pm
House of Representatives, Italian Parliament
Sala del Cenacolo, PalazzoValdina
Vicolo Valdina 3/a, Rome

Press Release

The Committee for the Respect of the Rights of the Newborns (CoRDiN – Comitato per il Rispetto dei Diritti dei Neonati) and Human Rights in Childbirth in Italy, in collaboration with Adriano Zaccagnini, honorable Member of the Italian Parliament, have organized the Conference on Human Rights of the Newborn Infants and Cord Blood Donation with the aim of bringing to the attention of the civil society and governmental institutions the issue of human rights of infants related to the collection and donation of the “cord blood”, namely the blood of newborn babies.

CoRDiN Committee, founded by parents, legal and medical professionals, promotes the respect of the rights of the infants and mothers in childbirth.

The donation of the newborns’ blood is based on the early clamping and cutting of the umbilical chord, a practice that, according to the latest scientific evidence and international best practices, in not harmless for the babies. During some time following the exit of the baby from the birth canal a placental transfusion takes place and it brings to the newborn one-third of his or her blood. This blood is rich in oxygen, stem cells, and other useful components that the baby needs immediately after birth and later on for his or her overall health and wellbeing. The blood inside the cord biologically belongs to the baby that has the right to receive it trough the placental transfusion at birth. The practice of early clamping and cutting of the cord is a medical intervention influencing the normal course of birth, therefore it should be carefully evaluated even when it is performed for the purpose of donation. The information given to the parents at the moment when they agree to the donation of the so-called “cord blood” is not sufficient for a truly informed consent. Claiming today that the donation is harmless for the mother and the child is not correct. The interventions at the Conference will bring under the light scientific, practical, economic and ethical points of view on the subject. The main intention of the Conference is to open a dialogue with the public and the Institutions on this important issue that regards public and individual health, the rights of the infants and the rights of the parents to receive complete information on the practice of neonatal blood donation.

The attendance to the Conference is free. The speakers and the organizers have generously offered their time and their professionalism in this event for the promotion of the respect of the right to health and dignity of newborn infants.

Hon. Zaccagnini will open the Conference, followed by Hon. Mattarella (Member of Parliament), Mrs De Anglis (midwife), Dr Giovannini (gynaecologist-obstetrician), Dr Alosi (pediatrician), Mrs Battisti (psychotherapist), Mrs Castellarin (midwife), Mrs Arena (midwife), Mrs Skoko (mother and birth activist), Hon. Nicchi (Member of Parliament), Mr Scudieri (lawyer), Mrs Cericco (mother and birth activist).

The Conference will be moderated by Mrs Battisti (lawyer) that, in the name of the CoRDiN Committee, expresses special gratitude to the Counselor Giovanni Battista Petti for his eminent participation.

Contacts and information: comitato.cordin@gmail.com

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Rome, March 13th 2015, 10 am – 2 pm
House of Representatives, Italian Parliament
Sala del Cenacolo, PalazzoValdina
Vicolo Valdina 3/a, Rome

Press Release

The Committee for the Respect of the Rights of the Newborns (CoRDiN – Comitato per il Rispetto dei Diritti dei Neonati) and Human Rights in Childbirth in Italy, in collaboration with Adriano Zaccagnini, honorable Member of the Italian Parliament, have organized the Conference on Human Rights of the Newborn Infants and Cord Blood Donation with the aim of bringing to the attention of the civil society and governmental institutions the issue of human rights of infants related to the collection and donation of the “cord blood”, namely the blood of newborn babies.

CoRDiN Committee, founded by parents, legal and medical professionals, promotes the respect of the rights of the infants and mothers in childbirth.

The donation of the newborns’ blood is based on the early clamping and cutting of the umbilical chord, a practice that, according to the latest scientific evidence and international best practices, in not harmless for the babies. During some time following the exit of the baby from the birth canal a placental transfusion takes place and it brings to the newborn one-third of his or her blood. This blood is rich in oxygen, stem cells, and other useful components that the baby needs immediately after birth and later on for his or her overall health and wellbeing. The blood inside the cord biologically belongs to the baby that has the right to receive it trough the placental transfusion at birth. The practice of early clamping and cutting of the cord is a medical intervention influencing the normal course of birth, therefore it should be carefully evaluated even when it is performed for the purpose of donation. The information given to the parents at the moment when they agree to the donation of the so-called “cord blood” is not sufficient for a truly informed consent. Claiming today that the donation is harmless for the mother and the child is not correct. The interventions at the Conference will bring under the light scientific, practical, economic and ethical points of view on the subject. The main intention of the Conference is to open a dialogue with the public and the Institutions on this important issue that regards public and individual health, the rights of the infants and the rights of the parents to receive complete information on the practice of neonatal blood donation.

The attendance to the Conference is free. The speakers and the organizers have generously offered their time and their professionalism in this event for the promotion of the respect of the right to health and dignity of newborn infants.

Hon. Zaccagnini will open the Conference, followed by Hon. Mattarella (Member of Parliament), Mrs De Anglis (midwife), Dr Giovannini (gynaecologist-obstetrician), Dr Alosi (pediatrician), Mrs Battisti (psychotherapist), Mrs Castellarin (midwife), Mrs Arena (midwife), Mrs Skoko (mother and birth activist), Hon. Nicchi (Member of Parliament), Mr Scudieri (lawyer), Mrs Cericco (mother and birth activist).

The Conference will be moderated by Mrs Battisti (lawyer) that, in the name of the CoRDiN Committee, expresses special gratitude to the Counselor Giovanni Battista Petti for his eminent participation.

Contacts and information: comitato.cordin@gmail.com

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Roma, 13 marzo 2015 ore 10.00-14.00
Camera dei Deputati
Sala del Cenacolo, Palazzo Valdina
Vicolo Valdina 3/a, Roma

Comunicato stampa

Il Comitato per il rispetto dei diritti dei neonati (CoRDiN), composto da genitori, professionisti giuridici e sanitari, promuove il rispetto dei diritti dei neonati e delle madri nell’evento nascita.

Il Comitato CoRDiN, grazie al cortese supporto dell’On.le Zaccagnini, ha organizzato il Convegno in oggetto al fine di portare all’attenzione della società civile e delle Istituzioni, il tema dei diritti dei neonati in relazione alla donazione del così detto “sangue cordonale”, ossia il sangue neonatale.

La donazione del sangue neonatale si basa sul taglio precoce del cordone, una pratica che, secondo le più accreditate evidenze scientifiche, non è innocua per il neonato. Nei tempi che seguono l’uscita del bambino dal canale del parto avviene la trasfusione placentare che apporta al neonato un terzo del suo sangue. Questo sangue è ricco di ossigeno, cellule staminali e altre componenti di cui il piccolo ha bisogno nell’immediato e per la salute e benessere futuri. Il sangue contenuto nel cordone appartiene biologicamente al bambino che ha il diritto a riceverlo tramite la trasfusione placentare. La pratica del taglio del cordone è un intervento medico che interferisce sullo svolgimento della nascita, pertanto va valutata con cautela anche qualora avvenga a scopo di donazione. Le informazioni fornite ai genitori nel momento in cui acconsentono alla donazione del sangue detto “cordonale” non sono sufficienti per poter esprimere un consenso realmente informato. Affermare oggi che la donazione sia innocua per la madre e il bambino non è corretto e gli interventi nel Convegno porteranno in luce punti di vista scientifici, organizzativi, economici ed etici sulla tematica. L’intento del Convegno è di aprire un dialogo con il pubblico e le istituzioni su una questione importante che riguarda la salute pubblica e individuale, i diritti dei neonati e i diritti dei genitori a ricevere informazioni complete sulla pratica di donazione del sangue neonatale.

Lapartecipazione al Convegno è gratuita, i relatori e gli organizzatori hanno messo a disposizione con generosità il loro tempo e la loro professionalità  perpromuovere il rispetto del diritto alla salutee della dignità dei neonati.

L’on. Zaccagnini aprirà i lavori del convegno, seguiranno gli interventi dell’On. Mattarella, Dott.sa De Angelis, Dott. Giovannini, Dott. Alosi, Dott.sa Battisti,  Dott.sa Castellarin, Dott.sa Arena, Dott.sa Skoko, On. Nicchi, Avv. Scudieri, Sig.ra Cericco.

Modera l’avvocato Battisti che a nome del Comitato CoRDiN esprime particolare gratitudine al Consigliere Giovanni Battista Petti per il Suo illustre intervento nel Convegno.

Per contatti: comitato.cordin@gmail.com

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