If you give birth in a hospital, chances are that the baby's umbilical cord will be clamped very soon after birth. Now, many scientists are beginning to question this practice and studies are showing that delayed clamping is beneficial to the child. The WHO among others are urging doctors and midwives to delay the clamping for a number of reasons including: boosting baby's iron reserves and sending oxygen-rich iron to the lungs. On the other hand, there may be an increased risk of jaundice with delayed clamping.
Dr. Stuart Fischbein gives more details about delayed cord clamping and the benefits to the baby. He questions the procedure of early cord clamping and asks why the medical community finds it necessary.