Squeezing nutrient-rich blood from the umbilical cord into babies who are born pale or struggling to breathe improves health outcomes
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Squeezing blood from the umbilical cord prior to cutting it can improve the health of infants who are born limp, pale or barely breathing.
As a matter of routine, doctors typically wait a few minutes after birth before cutting the umbilical cord. This practice, known as delayed cord clamping, allows more nutrient-rich blood to transfer from the placenta to the newborn baby.
Yet when a newborn is …