The benefits of delayed cord clamping are clear, so we aim to optimise for both delayed cord clamping and cord blood collection

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What is Delayed Cord Clamping?

Delayed cord clamping, also known as deferred cord clamping, is a common practice in obstetrics that has proven beneficial to newborn babies, especially premature babies. Delaying cord clamping by 30 seconds and 3 minutes after birth allows the majority of the stem cell rich blood left in the placenta post-birth to transfer into the baby's bloodstream. Allowing time for this blood to transfer to the baby can increase their red blood cell count by up to 60%, providing benefits such as prevention of iron deficiency anaemia and a more stable oxygenation and blood pressure during their initial hours outside of the womb. For these reasons and more the World Health Organisation endorses the practice for all births globally (1).

 

Delaying Cord Clamping when banking Stem Cells

Delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord and thereby letting the blood that it contains run into the baby’s bloodstream means that there could be insufficient blood left in the cord to isolate a significant number of stem cells. While the benefits of delayed cord clamping are clear, there remains the question: can I delay cord clamping and still store cord blood?

 

Is it possible to do both? YES

The placenta that sustains your baby’s development in the womb contains around 200ml of blood at birth, with the newborn receiving a transfusion of around 80-100ml of this upon birth when clamping is delayed for a minimum of 30-60 seconds (2). Even with this delay, recent studies have demonstrated that a quantity of cord blood sufficient for the isolation of stem cells remains in the umbilical cord and tissue (2-3). By delaying clamping for around 30-60 seconds, you can preserve a quantity of cord blood large enough to process, whilst also allowing your baby to benefit significantly from delayed clamping procedures. Since both the current and future health of your child will be your highest priority, we advise prospective parents to consult with their clinicians and delivery team to develop a strategy in which both objectives can be achieved.

 

Prioritising your baby's health

By delaying the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord and preserving the remaining cord blood you can balance your baby’s health at birth and your child’s health in the future. It is important to note that there may be cases which do not allow for the collection of cord blood (these include premature births and other potential complications). We will discuss these circumstances with you in detail as preparations go ahead, however, it should be remembered that regardless of whether we are able to collect your baby’s cord blood, we will always be able to collect umbilical cord tissue.

It is our aim to collect the maximum number of stem cells possible, since this will increase the chances of success of any future treatment. But, if for any reason we are not able to collect sufficient cord blood, your payment plan will be adjusted to reflect this.

 

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