Should We Wait to Cut the Umbilical Cord?

by Danielle Buffardi on June 16, 2010

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Anatomy of the Umbilical Cord

I came across a very interesting article via Science Daily that delves into whether or not one should wait to cut the umbilical cord immediately after birth.

According to the article’s research “In pre-term infants, delaying clamping the cord for at least 30 seconds reduced incidences of intraventricular hemorrhage, late on-set sepsis, anemia, and decreased the need for blood transfusions.”

In another article on concerning cutting of cords, studies suggest that delaying the cutting simply by two minutes, decreases the infant’s risk for iron anemia and boosts its reserves.

For more research and references on cord cutting please see below:

Cord Issues at

“Umbilical Cords Clamped Too Soon, Researchers Say” at Yahoo News

“Natural Childbirth: Delayed Cord Clamping” at Eco Child’s Play

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Amber June 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

My daughter was born at 34 weeks, and they clamped and cut the cord immediately. I wasn’t happy about it, but in a high-risk labour it can be difficult to make your voice heard. Seeing this research, I am even more disappointed with how quickly they performed this procedure. 🙁


Danielle Buffardi - PenPoint Editorial June 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hi Amber,

Thanks for the comment.

When they cut my son’s cord right away, I instinctively thought they should have waited..but no one asks in hospitals…they just do.

Next time around, I’m telling them to wait.


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