Cutting the Umbilical Cord: How Long Should You Wait?

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Following extensive research, the practice of immediate clamping is thought to carry potential risks and has largely been replaced by the practice of delayed cord clamping (DCC), unless there is an urgent need for intensive resuscitation.

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For decades, clamping and cutting the umbilical cord within 30 seconds of birth was considered to be standard practise, especially in hospital settings.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Melody McIlvena
17 May 2021
Interesting and beneficial.
Lisa Fox-Draga
24 Feb 2020
It was a very informative piece
David Maxwell
23 Feb 2020
An interesting read.
Luke Simms
03 May 2020
A well constructed but brief update on both cord clamping and delayed cord clamping.
Lynette Kane
11 Jun 2020
Excellent article
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Mikayla George
18 Feb 2020
Very Interesting
Marie-Therese Shields
24 Feb 2020
Excellent concise evidence based information.
Laura sullivan
22 Feb 2020
Great new knowledge
Rachel Tabib
30 May 2020
Very informative & relevant to my clinical practice as a midwife.
Candice Donoghue
18 Feb 2020
Easy to read, easy to access and contained allot of usefull information
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