to Delayed Cord
After a baby is born, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. This may be done immediately after birth or it can be delayed, and different groups have different opinions on how long to wait. Delayed clamping allows some of the blood in the umbilical cord and placenta to flow back into the baby. Some groups believe in waiting for the cord to stop pulsating before the cord is clamped and cut. However studies show that most of the blood transfer from the umbilical cord to the baby occurs in the first 60 seconds.1 Medical professionals consider delayed cord clamping to be waiting 30 seconds or more after the birth.