Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Recommended


At See Baby and See Baby Midwifery we support birth options for all, as well as evidence based care. That’s why we support and encourage a delay to cord clamping after birth. ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recently released a committee opinion in support of this practice.

In term infants, delayed umbilical cord clamping increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores in the first several months of life, which may have a favorable effect on developmental outcomes. In preterm infants, rates of intraventricular hemorrhage and necrotizing enterocolitis are lower, and fewer newborns require transfusion when delayed umbilical cord clamping is employed.


ACOG now joins many other groups, such as WHO (World Health Organization) to support the practice of delayed cord clamping. The Royal College of Midwives says that “delaying for even one minute is a welcome change . . providing all babies with one minute of transition from inter-uterine to extra-uterine life. However as transfusion is known to continue during the first 3-5 minutes of life, it is suggested that this process is allowed to complete without being interrupted.”

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