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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A new study found that delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord at birth allows more blood to transfer from the placenta to the infant, sometimes increasing the infant’s blood volume by up to a third. The iron in the blood increases infants’ iron storage, and iron is essential for healthy brain development.

“There is growing evidence from a number of studies that all infants, those born at term and those born early, benefit from receiving extra blood from the placenta at birth,” said Dr. Heike Rabe, a neonatologist at Brighton & Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom…”The extra blood at birth helps the baby to cope better with the transition from life in the womb, where everything is provided for them by the placenta and the mother, to the outside world,” Rabe said. “Their lungs get more blood so that the exchange of oxygen into the blood can take place smoothly.” Read more.

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