Cutting the Cord in Childbirth: Why You May Not Want to Cut Your Newborn's Umbilical Cord So Fast by Nicole DeAvilla

Kids' Health
4 years ago
Cutting the Cord in Childbirth: Why You May Not Want to Cut Your Newborn's Umbilical Cord So Fast

The American College of Obstetricians (ACOG) now joins the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in advising the delay of clamping a newborn’s umbilical cord. The delay allows the baby to receive more iron, which is important for a baby’s brain development. It is thought that it may also boost immune function and tissue healing. 

Recommendations from these organizations range from waiting 30 to at least 60 seconds. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) recommends waiting two to five minutes.

Discuss these new recommendations with your obstetrician and/or midwife so you can be on the same page on this issue. Read the full article here.

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