New research submitted to the BMJ (British Medical Journal) has suggested that hospitals should delay clamping the cord of newborn babies to help reduce the risk baby developing iron deficiency anaemia.
Currently there are no official guidelines in the UK on when the cord should be clamped, however, following a recent survey the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) confirmed that; "Immediate cord clamping became routine practice without rigorous evaluation."
Researchers say that by simply waiting three minutes after birth before clamping the umbilical cord can help to boost a newborn's blood volume by up to a third; giving the babies that best start in life by maximising the blood and iron stores they receive from their mother's placenta.
Read the full story on the BBC website.
How quickly was your newborn's cord cut after giving birth?
Do you think that parents should be able to request for the cord to be left attached for longer periods if they feel it's of benefit to their baby?
Share your thoughts and comments with the Direct2Mum community below;