Delayed cord clamping is a personal choice for expecting parents. For vigorous term and preterm infants ACOG (the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), recommends delaying umbilical cord clamping for 30-60 seconds after birth.1
Long delays with umbilical cord clamping may reduce the amount of cord blood that can be collected, which can directly impact stem cell count (the number of viable stem cells available for transplant). Studies show that stem cell count is a critical factor related to transplant success and patient survival rate.
Studies have also shown that delayed cord clamping may increase the incidence of jaundice by 59.1% in term infants, resulting in phototherapy treatment being required.1
If delayed cord clamping is part of your birth plan, it is recommended that you ask your doctor/midwife to limit the delay to a maximum of 30 seconds after birth to achieve best results with cord blood banking. Note: Delayed cord clamping has no affect on Cord Tissue banking.
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.
It is recommended that delayed umbilical cord clamping be limited to a maximum of 30-60 seconds after birth.