Five years before retiral I spent a sabbatical year in New Zealand. There I learned from the midwives the importance of AVOIDING clamping the cord quickly after birth. Researching the literature I became convinced that early cord clamping was harmful to the baby of no benefit to the mother. Since then I have organised numerous conferences on the subject, given numerous talks and publications in journals and a chapter in a medical book. I led the team which developed the mobile LifeStart neonatal resuscitation trolley. I am now at Sheffield Hallam University developing a neonatal ultrasound doppler device to determine the neonatal heart rate similar to the fetal heart rate doppler device.