Hospitals are delaying cutting premature babies’ umbilical cords by a minute after a study found it improved their chance of survival by 30 per cent.
Around 100 premature babies die in New Zealand every year but those numbers were expected to drop with this change in practice which Auckland City Hospital had already adopted, shares NZ Herald.
The eight-year international study, which Kiwi researchers took part in, showed an extra minute attached to the mother allowed more blood to be pumped from the placenta which helped maintain healthy oxygen levels.
The standard method was to cut the cord immediately.
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