Giving birth to a baby is one of the miraculous things happen in this world. However, many doctors have no idea about it or they don’t care enough too. Yes, am talking about delayed cord clamping after the birth of your baby.
But, what is meant by delayed cord clamping? Don’t you have any idea about it? And what are the benefits and risks of DCC? Here are some benefits which will help you to choose if delayed cord clamping is something for you and your baby.
What Is Delayed Cord Clamping?
Delayed cord clamping is the practice of waiting to clamp and cut unbilical cord of a newborn baby until after placenta is delivered.
Cutting the cord immediately after giving birth is quite common from centuries. But several researches about this condition have been stated that it is not good for both mother and child. This means the baby misses out 30 percent of blood from mother.
So waiting until the cord has stopped pulsating and becoming white is increasing in recent days where there is no medical speed up.
Benefits Of Delayed Cord Clamping
Several research and studies on this condition have been proven that cord clamping also has positive effects for baby and mother by preventing complications while delivering the placenta.
Here are some more benefits listed below of delay cord clamping.
1. Neurodevelopmental Benefits
In a study, researchers have found that, waiting for extra 3 minutes for umbilical cord at birth will result in neurodevelopment of child after several years.
This may quite surprise you even though there is no particular reason for it. Children whose cord is cut after 3 minutes after birth had slightly have higher social and fine motor skills when compared with the children whose cord was cutted within 10 seconds after taking birth.
2. Increased Blood Volume
According to a study, when a baby is in premature stage or full term, then one third of the blood is absolutely stored in placenta. This blood is equal to volume of blood that is required for lungs, kidneys and liver at birth.
Because of delayed cord clamping the baby gets required amount of blood when compared with the baby whose cord is immediately clamped. These children will also have smoother cardiopulmonary transition at birth.
It also helps to increase the blood volume which automatically increases blood platelets levels which are need for normal blood clotting in a baby.
3. Rich In Step Cells
Stem cells in baby are essential and important for all bodily functions like, in the development of immune system, nervous, cardiovascular and central nervous system.
The placenta blood is rich in blood stem cells, which help to repair any brain damage the baby might suffer during a difficult birth.
Risks Of Delayed Cord Clamping
From many decades people believe that immediate cord clamping is disrupts normal physiology and the birth process.
Studies have shown that, there is very slight (3%) increase in jaundice among babies who went through delayed cord clamping when compared with 5% of babies who experienced delayed cord clamping required treatment for jaundice.
It even results in lower iron stored in babies up to six months after birth. Iron deficiency in first few months of a baby’s life will result in neurodevelopmental delay that may be reversible.
What About Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is nothing but, collecting the amount of blood to store when delay cord clamping is not compatible. But some collectors will say that they need to cut the cord immediately and some will allow it after 60 seconds of birth.
This condition will not affect the benefits which are from delayed cord clamping for your baby.
If you want your baby to gain full blood and be healthy then you need to opt for good choice rather than storing of blood.