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Cutting umbilical cords too early places babies at risk of anemia


Cutting the baby's umbilical cord immediately after birth has been a standard procedure in hospitals for decades. According to several recent studies, however, babies whose umbilical cords are instantly severed - thus depriving them of the blood still traveling to their bodies from the placenta - suffer from iron deficiencies for up to six months. Since low iron levels have been linked to neural development problems, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has considered updating its birthing guidelines to accommodate this important information.