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Table 1 Recommended practice guidelines for delayed cord clamping [4 - 6 , 30 ]

From: Steps for implementing delayed cord clamping in a hospital setting

  Extremely Preterm Preterm Term
<28 WGA 28–37 WGA >37 WGA
WHO Delay of umbilical cord clamping for 1–3 minutes after birth is recommended for all births with simultaneous essential newborn care.
ACOG Evidence supports delayed umbilical cord clamping in preterm infants. Insufficient evidence exists to support or refute the benefits of delayed umbilical cord clamping for term infants born in resource-rich settings.
AAP Endorsed recommendations of ACOG (above)
SOGC Delayed cord clamping by at least 60 seconds is recommended The risk of jaundice is weighed against the physiological benefits of delayed cord clamping.
RCOG Delay clamping the umbilical cord earlier than necessary unless exigent circumstances such as heavy maternal blood loss or the need for immediate neonatal resuscitation take priority.
ILCOR Delay umbilical cord clamping for at least 1 min for newborn infants not requiring resuscitation. Evidence does not support or refute delayed cord clamping when resuscitation is needed.
  1. Abbreviations: WHO World Health Organization, ACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, AAP American Academy of Pediatrics, SOGC Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, RCOG Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, ILCOR International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, WGA, weeks gestational age.