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Cutting Umbilical Cord Too Early Eliminates Stem Cells


Delaying clamping the umbilical cord at a baby’s birth could result in a number of positive things, according to researchers at the University of South Florida’s Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair. They say that clamping should be delayed for at least a few minutes longer after birth.

This new recommendation published in the most recent Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine notes that delaying clamping the umbilical cord allows more umbilical cord blood and crucial stem cells to transfer from the mother to the baby.

With this transfer of blood University of South Florida notes that babies gain many benefits. Benefits include:Babies receive beneficial stem cells have many therapeutic properties vs. when you clamp the cord and shut off that flow of stem cells. Researchers note that “In pre-term infants, delaying clamping the cord for at least 30 seconds reduced incidences of intraventricular hemorrhage, late on-set sepsis, anemia, and decreased the need for blood transfusions.“ Receiving cord blood may also reduce a baby’s risk of other illnesses, including respiratory distress, chronic lung disease and eye disease. Delayed cord clamping also ensures that a baby receives important clotting factors.

Most advocates of waiting to clamp the cord suggest waiting for more than a minute, or until the cord completely stops pulsating to cut the cord thus allowing your baby the full benefits of umbilical blood.

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