In most situations, delayed cord clamping is beneficial and will be recommended. But there are some circumstances where it may not be suitable, such as:
- if the person giving birth is bleeding heavily and need immediate medical treatment
- if there is an issue with the placenta , such as placental abruption, a low-lying placenta or placenta praevia, vasa praevia
- if the cord is bleeding so the blood is not getting to the baby
- if they baby needs help to breathe (resuscitation).
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Twins who share the same placenta (monochorionic twins) should not have delayed cord clamping. This is because there is a small risk that blood could move from one twin into the other during the birth.
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