Here's a new reason for dad to take his time, enjoy the moment of birth in the delivery room, and not cut the cord too quickly.
New studies of nearly 4,000 births show that babies whose cords were clamped immediately after birth were twice as likely to have iron deficiencies 6 months later. That cord blood is filled with nutrients, and a few more seconds with that connection after birth is beneficial.
But, the college of obstetricians and gynecologists has not yet recognized late clamping as the standard of care, even though a growing number of doctors say they feel it should be the new standard.
If you're pregnant, talk to your doctor about it.
Here is the link to the study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004074.pub3/abstract
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