Melbourne: A delayed clamping of the umbilical cord after birth can benefit newborn babies, according to a new study. The study, reviewing 15 international trials and involving nearly 4,000 women along with their babies, was done by La Trobe University here. Lead author of `Midwifery` at the university, Susan McDonald, said the review found babies` blood and iron levels were enhanced when the umbilical cord was clamped later. The findings were published today by the Cochrane Collaboration, widely regarded as the world`s leading independent provider of systematic health reviews. The review said that in many high-income countries, it was standard practice to clamp the umbilical cord connecting mother and baby less than a minute after birth.
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