Benefits of cutting the umbilical cord late

Benefits of cutting the umbilical cord late



Manisa Celal Bayar University Hafsa Sultan Medical Faculty Hospital Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Assoc. Dr. Yıldız Uyar drew attention to the benefits of delaying the separation of babies from the placenta.

Stating that the common practice in the world is to cut the cord as soon as the baby is born, Dr. According to Uyar, the latest research shows that this habit should change. Assoc. Dr. Yıldız Uyar pointed out that after the baby is born, blood passes from the placenta to the baby through the umbilical cord and said: “It has been scientifically shown that there are some differences between the separation of the placenta in the first minute and the fifth minute after birth. The opinion is dominant in the direction. “

  • Blood in the placenta is very important for the health of the baby. Transferring sufficient amount of this blood to the baby is especially beneficial for anemia prevention.

  • When the blood in the placenta cannot be adequately transferred to the baby, the baby’s blood levels and iron stores may decrease.

  • Studies conducted in the first 6 months after birth show that iron deficiency negatively affects brain development. When the baby leaves the placenta late, iron levels are high with adequate blood transfer.

  • It is known that with the late cutting of the placenta, the amount of stem cells transferred to the baby increases and this has a protective effect against both infections and bleeding.

Memorial Ankara Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assoc. Dr. Kudret Erkenekli gave information about the benefits of late cutting of the umbilical cord.

After babies are born, the placenta and umbilical cord begin to contract, pumping blood to the newborn. When the blood pressure is balanced, the beats in the cord stop and the blood transfer to the baby ends. Naturally, in animal births in nature, all the blood in the cord passes to the offspring. Early cord cutting has begun in humans, especially with the increase in hospital birth. When is the best time for cord cutting? Immediately after the moment of birth, the baby’s umbilical cord shot in the mother’s lap ends spontaneously when a few minutes are waited. All blood in the cord passes to the baby when the cord is clamped and cut after the shot is finished, that is, waiting for about 30 seconds to 5 minutes. This has many benefits for the baby.

1-Late cutting of the umbilical cord increases the blood volume and hemoglobin concentration. It is known to significantly reduce iron deficiency anemia, thus protecting the baby from side effects related to anemia.

2-The baby’s adaptation to the world becomes easier thanks to the excess blood coming into the lungs with the birth.

3-Even delaying cutting the cord for 30 seconds in preterm births decreases organ damage, especially in premature babies.

4-It reduces the possibility of bleeding in the heart ventricle and the need for blood transfusion in babies born prematurely.

5-It is effective in the increase of stem cells that play an important role in the development of immune, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Stem cell density is never as high as in fetal blood at any time of life.

6- It is thought that the child’s iron stores will be full in the future, and at the same time, the child’s neurodevelopment will be positively affected by the late cutting of the cord.

Even in a baby whose general condition is not good and requires direct resuscitation, it should be ensured that the cord blood passes to the baby as much as possible by stroking the cord towards the baby by milking method. The best gift that can be given to a baby at the time of birth is cord blood.


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