Mother and Baby

2-minute delay in clamping could make a huge difference

2 minutes that make a difference

New research suggests delaying clamping and cutting the umbilical cord can have big benefits for your new baby

A two-minute delay in clamping and cutting the umbilical cord may lead to better development in the first few days of a baby’s life, according to researchers at the University of Granada.

The researches studied 64 women who delivered their babies at full term.

Half the babies were clamped at 10 seconds, and the rest after two minutes. The babies clamped later had an increased antioxidant capacity, which helps reduce the damage that the oxygen we breath in can do to proteins, membranes and genes. The researchers concluded this would have a beneficial effect on a baby’s development. 

Talk to your midwife if you’re pregnant and would like to include delayed cord clamping in your birth plan.

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