Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes

Susan J. Mcdonald, Philippa Middleton, Therese Dowswell, Peter S. Morris

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Background: Policies for timing of cord clamping vary, with early cord clamping generally carried out in the first 60 seconds after birth, whereas later cord clamping usually involves clamping the umbilical cord more than one minute after the birth or when cord pulsation has ceased. The benefits and potential harms of each policy are debated.

To determine the effects of early cord clamping compared with late cord clamping after birth on maternal and neonatal outcomes

Search methods: 
We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (13 February 2013).

Selection criteria: Randomised controlled trials comparing early and late cord clamping.

Data collection and analysis: 
Two review authors independently assessed trial eligibility and quality and extracted data.

Main results: 
We included 15 trials involving a total of 3911 women and infant pairs. We judged the trials to have an overall moderate risk of bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-444
Number of pages95
JournalEvidence-Based Child Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


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