Delayed umbilical cord clamping - benefits and risks

Ceska Gynekol. 2022;87(6):424-426. doi: 10.48095/cccg2022424.


Delayed umbilical cord clamping is a standard procedure for active management of the 3rd stage of labour. There are benefits associated with more than a 30 second delay, but 1 minute is usually recommended. For newborns, increased iron reserves are important having a positive impact on further development. A reduction in the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis and intraventricular hemorrhage is often reported in preterm births. In delayed umbilical cord clamping, no increased maternal blood loss was recorded, even in multiple pregnancies and caesarean sections.

Keywords: Postpartum hemorrhage; delayed umbilical cord clamping; intraventricular hemorrhage; milking.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Time Factors
  • Umbilical Cord
  • Umbilical Cord Clamping*