John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center

Medical Centers 1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd John Muir Health Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (925) 939-3000 What happens to my baby right after delivery? We follow the World Health Organization’s recommendation that the umbilical cord should not be clamped earlier than necessary. Delayed umbilical cord clamping is usually performed approximately 1-3 minutes after giving birth, unless the newborn needs resuscitation (help with breathing or circulation). Delayed cord clamping allows more blood to transfer from the placenta to the newborn, which may improve the iron storage in your newborn for up to six months after birth.