I was watching a very interesting video by Penny Simkin this week on delayed cord clamping. For those of you who don’t know what cord clamping is – once a baby is born in most hospitals in Australia, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut almost immediately after delivery. There is a large amount of blood in the placenta which does not reach the baby.
Here is her video giving a great explanation about delayed cord clamping:
A recent review of published studies suggests delaying cord clamping results in healthier blood and iron levels in babies, and this benefit outweighs the slightly higher risk of developing jaundice. One of the authors, Philippa Middleton of the Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies at the University of Adelaide, says in a statement:
“In light of growing evidence that delayed cord clamping increases early haemoglobin concentrations and iron stores in infants, a more liberal approach to delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in healthy babies appears to be warranted.”
The World Health Organization recommends cord clamping between one and three minutes after birth.
If you are currently pregnant, you may wish to discuss the benefits of delayed cord clamping with your healthcare provider.