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Waiting to Clamp the Umbilical Cord May Be Better for Babies
Date:5/26/2010

fore the cord is cut, further delaying cutting, Young said.

Still, the study brings up an interesting issue about what, if any, benefit another minute or so of cord blood might have for a baby.

"The standard of care is not to rush cord clamping," Young said. "My personal feeling is that the preponderance of evidence is that it's better to wait a minute or two."

A mother's decision to collect cord blood for storage and possible use later on could encourage early clamping to ensure there's plenty of blood to save. Experts urge moms not to hurry clamping for cord blood storage purposes.

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Learn more about stems cells at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.



SOURCES: Paul Sanberg, M.D., director, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.; Bruce K. Young, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; March 2010, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine


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