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pH values in the umbilical artery are the best measurement for evaluating the presence and intensity of fetal acidosis, and even the direction of the pH change in the immediate neonatal period has prognostic value.1 This practice can also aid in reducing the risks of claims against obstetricians.2 The data obtained after a latency period in the subgroup of cords with acidosis at the time of birth are evaluated in this study, to determine whether they are useful for the clinic.
Competing interests: None.
Ethics approval: The local research ethics committee approved the study.