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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping

For vigorous term and preterm infants ACOG (the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), recommends delaying umbilical cord clamping for 30-60 seconds after birth1. If delayed clamping is part of your birth plan, please limit the delay to a maximum of 30-60 seconds after birth.

Longer delays with umbilical cord clamping will reduce the amount of cord blood that can be collected, which directly impacts stem cell count (the number of viable stem cells available for transplant). Studies have shown that stem cell count is a critical factor related to transplant success and patient survival rate.

1 The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Retrieved February 2, 2017 from The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: ACOG Recommends Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping for All Healthy Infants: http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2016/Delayed-Umbilical-Cord-Clamping-for-All-Healthy-Infants.