Study Shows That Waiting to Cut the Cord May Be Beneficial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/1/08

Study Shows That Waiting to Cut the Cord May Be Beneficial

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Many new fathers look forward to cutting the cord and holding their new baby in the delivery room, but a study at the University of Rhode Island indicates that it may be worth it for the baby to wait just a while before you clamp the cord.

Researcher, Dr. Judy Mercer, says, "We're only talking about a brief delay of 30 to 40 seconds with lowering the little baby down because gravity helps the baby to get more blood."  And James Padbury, M.D., a Neonatologist, adds, "It's really extraordinary that such a simple maneuver could have those sorts of positive outcomes."

The theory is that the additional blood flow in those first few moments of life may offer more protection against infection later.  Of course, studies continue.  For more information, (click here) .

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