Apr 16 2013

Cord Blood Banking with Delayed Cord Clamping

Posted by Martin Smithmyer

Today, expecting parents have so many decisions they must make before their baby is born. One of these crucial decisions is the choice to opt in for cord blood banking with delayed cord clamping.

Some parents are deciding to delay the clamping of their baby’s umbilical cord because this blood is rich in iron and can help prevent iron deficiency in newborns. Others are choosing to participate in cord blood banking for the health of their child in the future. Many parents are misinformed and think they must make a decision between delayed clamping and cord blood banking. That is not true — you can do both!

What is Delayed Cord Clamping?

Delayed cord clamping is defined by the World Health Organization as waiting to clamp a baby’s umbilical cord one minute after birth. By delaying the clamping the baby is able to receive more stem cell rich blood, and who doesn’t want more cord blood!

In addition to nutrient rich blood, a baby can also benefit years down the road with enhanced neurodevelopment. That means better fine motor skills and and social skills. Who wouldn’t want a kid that can hold a conversation and throw a ball at the same time? In all seriousness, delayed cord clamping generates a host of benefits for a newborn baby at birth and throughout life.

Cord Blood Banking With Delayed Cord Clamping

Now you may ask, if I delay my baby’s umbilical cord clamping can I still collect the extra cord blood? Yes, you most certainly can. By banking the cord blood in addition to delaying cord clamping, a baby is protected at the beginning of life and further down the road should something ever happen.

For more, read our press release with important information on the benefits of cord blood banking with delayed cord clamping.

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