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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping at Birth: Beneficial for All Babies

Killion, Molly M. MS, RN, CNS

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July/August 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - p 232
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000351
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord for at least 30 to 60 seconds at birth of vigorous term and preterm babies is now recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, explains the rationale for this practice change.

Molly Killion is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Birth Center, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Killion can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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