Guidelines recommend delayed cord clamping (DCC) of at least 30 s for vigorous preterm infants who do not require resuscitation. It is not known whether DCC affects the rate of crying and breathing after birth. We reviewed videos of 80 preterm infants in the delivery room. Most infants cried and breathed after both immediate and delayed cord clamping before respiratory support was given. Infants arrived at the resuscitaire in similar physiological condition, regardless of the time after birth at which they arrived.
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Contributors MCM contributed to study concept, study design, data collection and analysis and writing of initial draft of the manuscript. LKMcC and CPFOD contributed to study concept, study design, supervision of the study and editing of final submission.
Funding Madeleine Murphy is supported by a Clinical Research Fellowship awarded by the National Children’s Research Centre (https://www.nationalchildrensresearchcentre.ie)
Competing interests None declared.
Ethics approval We have ethical approval to video-record infants in the delivery room with parental consent.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
Patient consent for publication Not required.