60-second cord-clamping slashes mortality risk

100 lives could be saved per 1000 births, researchers estimate

Waiting 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord reduces pre-term infants' risk of hospital mortality by a third, an Australian review shows.


Researchers from the University of Sydney compared the outcomes of nearly 3000 babies born before 37 weeks' gestation who underwent early (<30 second) or delayed (>60 second) clamping.

They found delayed clamping was associated with a 31% reduced risk of hospital mortality and a 10% reduced risk of requiring a blood transfusion.

For every thousand babies born more than