Delayed Cord Clamping & Cord Blood Banking. Yes, you can do both!
What is delayed cord clamping?
Delayed cord clamping is the practice of letting the umbilical cord pulse, waiting at least 30-60 seconds after birth, before clamping and cutting the cord.
Why would my healthcare provider consider delayed cord clamping?
Some evidence exists to support delayed cord clamping in preterm infants (<37 weeks), when feasible.1 However; due to the lack of sufficient data on the potential benefits of delayed clamping in full term infants, healthcare providers may have different opinions on delaying clamping.
Will delayed clamping affect the number of cord blood and/or cord tissue stem cells collected?
There is not a study that has been performed to specifically address this question. Regardless of whether you and your provider elect to delay clamping, you can still collect cord blood after the umbilical cord is clamped, although the amount of cord blood collected may be less if clamping is delayed. Every effort should always be made to collect as much cord blood as possible after clamping. Collecting cord tissue is not impacted by the timing of clamping and provides an additional source of newborn stem cells for storage.
- Committee Opinion No. 543: Timing of Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth. Obstet Gynecol 2012 Dec; 120(6):1522-6. PubMed PMID:23168790.