Delayed cord clamping (>1 min) in healthy term infants leads to higher birthweight, early haemoglobin concentration and increased iron reserves up to six months after birth. However, there is also an increased risk of jaundice requiring phototherapy.
Reference: McDonald SJ, Middleton P, Dowswell T, Morris PS. Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD004074.
Review trials included 3139 infants.
Previously published: 06/11/13, 11/02/14, 21/07/15