The timing of umbilical cord clamping has changed throughout the course of history. Some older textbooks and guidelines imply that early (immediate) cord clamping is an inevitable and normal part of the third stage of labour, and it is still commonly practised across the world. Yet, current research shows that early cord clamping can be detrimental to the newborn, leading to an increased risk of anaemia, and in the premature infant, a significantly increased risk of morbidity and mortality.
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