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Table 2 Reported timing of cord clamping for vaginal births

From: Care during the third stage of labour: A postal survey of UK midwives and obstetricians

  Midwives
n = 1297 (%)
Obstetricians
n = 926 (%)
  term preterm term preterm
When is the cord usually clamped?     
For active management     
   immediately or within 10 seconds 211 (17) 464 (36) 422 (46) 314 (34)
   within 10 - 20 seconds 315 (24) 243 (19) 260 (28) 209 (23)
   within 20 - 30 seconds 237 (18) 129 (10) 101 (11) 125 (13)
   within 30 - 60 seconds 389 (30) 143 (11) 112 (12) 208 (22)
   within 1-3 minutes 46 (4) 8 (1) 4 (< 1) 9 (1)
   after 3 minutes 12 (1) 5 (< 1) - -
   after cessation of pulsation 51 (4) 8 (1) - -
   timing varies 27 (2) 17 (1) 9 (1) 15 (2)
   do not conduct preterm births - 215 (17) - -
   no response/never use active management 9 (1) 60 (5) 18 (2) 46 (4)
When is the cord usually clamped?     
For physiological management     
   within 1-30 seconds 21 (2) 71 (5) 79 (14) 68 (12)
   within 31 - 60 seconds 24 (2) 28 (2) 42 (7) 44 (8)
   within 1-3 minutes 28 (2) 4 (> 1) 21 (4) 17 (3)
   after > 3 minutes 7 (1) 2 (> 1) 9 (2) 3 (1)
   after cessation of pulsation 1050 (87) 132 (10) 231 (40) 97 (17)
   timing varies 3 9 (1) 2 (1) 1 (< 1)
   do not use physiological for this group 48 (4) 768 (59) 149 (26) 293 (51)
   do not conduct preterm births - 149 (11) - -
   no response/never use physiological 116 (9) 134 (10) 392 (45) 403 (47)