Monday, June 7, 2010

Cord Clamping

My third little baby needed oxygen right after he was born. This story makes me wonder if he wouldn't have needed it had they waited to clamp the cord. Can you wait to clamp the cord when the baby is born c-section? I don't know. I just know that because he had oxygen, he had to be monitored in the level 2 nursery the first 24 hours and I was devastated!

FROM NBC: New mothers may want to have their doctors wait just a few minutes to clamp the umbilical cord after delivery. It's common practice for doctors to clamp the cord seconds after a baby is born, cutting off the flow of blood from the mother.

But a new study finds there may be benefits in delaying clamping for a few minutes, because cord blood has stem cells that can regenerate. Researchers say the delay may prevent anemia in full-term infants and might reduce brain bleeding, sepsis and jaundice in preemies.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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