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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  • Yes, It has been around for quite awhile but I don’t think too many people really thought about waiting and the benefits


  • I’ve heard of it but don’t know much about it but hard not to support something that increases survival rates by 30%.


  • Interesting research. There’s always new info to benefit these little bubs :)


  • This study provides great news, hopefully it gives many kids a nice head start


  • Depends on the reason for the prematurity,my two prems were both needing to be revived after birth and whisked away to the special care nursery. If it helps that is fantastic but I thik it is a bit hard to blanket all babies with the same rule


  • Anything that helps these little babies is good :)


  • I thought it was always done like that ?


  • This shouldn’t only be done with premmie babies but all babies, it should be the norm.


  • Should be always like this


  • Hmmm… I thought delayed cord clamping was standard procedure in Australian hospitals. I was in a lot of pain and in shock with my first so I don’t remember. I know she was put on my chest while still attached but wasn’t there long before they tended to me and my complications. My second I had delayed clamping, but it was a short cord so make those initial cuddles difficult. Thanks to no difficulties the 2nd time, I got to keep hold of her.


  • This is medical research is so important and the findings will make a huge difference.

    • Oops! should read this is why medical…..:)


  • wow – what a difference. Some cultures do not cut the placenta off at all and rub oils and herbs on it (not my thing – gagging as I write this)


  • Such a simple thing to make a big difference.


  • 30% is a lot. So very important to go on with this practice!


  • I’m all for this and wish I knew when I gave birth


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