Delayed cord clamping means to ‘delay’ the surgical intervention of clamping the umbilical cord at birth.
The definition of ‘delay’ is subjective and can range from 30 to 45 seconds, 2 to 3 minutes, once the cord has stopped pulsating or after the placental birth. (There is currently no agreed clinical definition of delayed cord clamping, and wide variations exist in clinical trials.)
More appropriate terminology is ‘optimal cord clamping’ (rather than delayed).
And the natural process is better described as ‘physiological cord closure’, which occurs after placental transfusion, the baby has transitioned, the umbilical blood vessels close inside the baby, and the cord appears very thin, white and flattened (see images). This process is most often a component of a physiological third stage.
There is compelling evidence that shows premature cord clamping is a harmful and unnecessary birth intervention and that optimal cord clamping should be standard practice.
Key articles with links to research and evidence:
Delayed cord clamping – sharing the information
C-section and delayed clamping
Cord around the neck (nuchal cord) – what parents and practitioners should know
Cord clamping the compromised infant
Birth plan for delayed cord clamping
Delayed cord clamping may protect babies from trauma
For full list of articles, please see INDEX
For links to scholarly articles, reviews and research, please see EVIDENCE-BASE & LINKS
A growing number of practitioners and maternity services are abandoning premature cord clamping, and more parents are choosing optimal cord clamping, physiological third stage or non-severance (lotus birth) (regardless of institutional policies).
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