The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have now endorsed delayed cord clamping (not clamping the cord until it has stopped pulsating for both term and preterm babies). Delayed cord clamping in preterm babies reduces the risk of brain haemorrhage and intestinal disease i.e. necrotizing enterocolitis. For term babies, delayed cord clamping improves iron stores. We know that iron deficiency has been associated with some behavioural and motor and cognitive defects. One of the few negatives about delayed cord clamping is a small increase in the risk of neonatal jaundice which is normally treated with phototherapy: reference committee opinion Obstetrics and Gynaecology, A.C.O.G. January 2017.