There’s a lot of recent discussion about delayed cord clamping vs. cord blood banking. The concern is that a delay in clamping the umbilical cord leaves less blood in the cord and placenta, resulting in fewer stem cells in your collection.
The point of delayed cord clamping is to allow some of the stem-cell-rich blood from the umbilical cord to flow into the newborn baby. This is most likely to happen within the first 30 to 60 seconds after birth.23 Research has found that delaying cord clamping by 20 seconds or more leads to a significant decrease (several hundred million cells fewer) in the recovered cell count.28 However, even though there is less cord blood, and therefore fewer stem cells, with delayed cord clamping, you can still collect a meaningful, albeit smaller, number of stem cells.
If you decide on delayed cord clamping with advice from your doctor, then there’s even more reason to consider placental blood banking in addition to your cord blood collection. Banking placental blood increases the total number of stem cells collected. LifebankUSA is the only stem cell bank that offers expectant parents the opportunity to collect stem cells from the placental blood.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to delay cord clamping should be made by the parents after discussing all the possible pros and cons with their doctor.