Cord clamping in term and pre-term infants: how should clinicians proceed?

Graeme R Polglase and Michael Stark
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.01287
Published online: 26 February 2018

Evidence favours delayed cord clamping in most newborns, but further studies are needed

Recommendation For pre-term and term infants who do not require respiratory support, it is advisable to delay umbilical cord clamping for at least 60 seconds 

  • Graeme R Polglase1,2
  • Michael Stark3,4

  • 1 Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Women's and Children's Health Network, Adelaide, SA
  • 4 Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA


This research was supported by a joint National Heart Foundation of Australia and National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowship (GRP: 1105526) and by the Victorian Government’s Operational Infrastructure Support Program.

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