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(From Derby Evening Telegraph)
BABIES can benefit from a delay in cutting the umbilical cord.
Leaving it intact for three minutes can increase a newborn's iron levels and reduce the risk of anaemia, research shows.
It is usually cut within the first minute after birth amid concerns that waiting may cause jaundice.
But researchers say there is no evidence that delay causes problems - on the contrary it should be standard care to wait before clamping or cutting the cord.
In a study of 400 infants born after low-risk pregnancies, some had the cord clamped after at least three minutes while others had them clamped less than ten seconds after …