Umbilical Cord Clamping: How Long Should You Wait?

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Despite immediate clamping of the umbilical cord being standard practice until recent years, delayed cord clamping is now routine and is recommended for most births due to the numerous benefits it provides.

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Until recently, clamping and cutting the umbilical cord immediately after birth (within 30 seconds) was considered to be standard practice to allow urgent medical care to be given. Today, however, following extensive research, the practice of immediate clamping has largely been replaced by delayed cord clamping (DCC), which has been shown to have significant benefits for the infant and is now recommended in most circumstances.


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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.
Leni Suhadi
01 Mar 2023
Lynette Kane
11 Jun 2020
Excellent article
Natasha Burch
01 Nov 2023
Good concise info
Maree Gale
24 Feb 2023
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relevant to practice
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Mikayla George
18 Feb 2020
Very Interesting
Marie-Therese Shields
24 Feb 2020
Excellent concise evidence based information.
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