- Medical studies have shown the positive effects of delayed cord cutting
- The World Health Organization recommends delayed umbilical cord cutting between 1 to 3 minutes after birth
- American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists says most umbilical cords are cut within 15 to 20 seconds after birth
(CNN)For the layperson, a few minutes might tick by without a second thought, but those precious minutes after a baby is born could be beneficial for newborns later in life, some doctors say. When to "clamp" and or cut one of the most prominent fixtures associated with childbirth, the umbilical cord, has been at the center of an international cord-cutting clash for decades.