Your Guide to Delayed Cord Clamping

As you prepare for the big day, you may be wondering about delayed cord clamping. The umbilical cord is full of nutrient-rich blood that contains stem cells. Depending on your birth plan, both options may provide potential benefits.

We’ll break down the details on delayed cord clamping and how it impacts collecting the remaining cord blood.

Here’s a hint: you can do both!

What is Delayed Cord Clamping?

After a baby is born, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Some parents leave the umbilical cord attached for a certain amount of time prior to clamping, allowing more time for the umbilical cord blood to flow to their baby.

While the opinions on optimal timing vary, it’s always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider about your family’s specific situation.

Delayed Cord Clamping + Cord Blood Banking =

The good news? Both options can be right for your family, and we have the tools to help make it possible.

In fact, we specifically designed our kit for maximizing cord blood collection volume. In our experience, healthcare providers have been able to collect a sufficient volume of cord blood for storage even when practicing delayed cord clamping, giving your baby the best of both opportunities.

What the Science Says

This study from the New York Blood Center, the largest donor bank in the U.S., indicates that delayed cord clamping of 30-60 seconds does not significantly diminish the cell count of cord blood collected for preservation. Great news for families considering doing both!

Concerned that there won’t be enough cord blood left for preservation? As part of CBR’s Quality Standard, we perform testing on every cord blood sample. Our genetic counselors are available to discuss your family’s options in the event a cell count does not meet our standards.

Families can also preserve cord tissue — which is unaffected by delayed clamping.

How Long Do I Delay Clamping?

How do you decide the right timing? Talk to your healthcare provider. Each mom and baby are unique, so they’ll help you figure out what’s best for your family.

We know the value of the cord blood is more than just the timing of clamping the cord.Dr. Bryan Jick

Read a midwife's perspective

A parent’sperspective:

  • The potential benefits of delayed cord clamping for our son, who was born preterm, were important to us. We were so thankful that we were still able to collect his cord blood.

    Erin T., mom of 1 toddler
    CBR Client
  • We were able to do both delayed cord clamping and save the cord blood. I’m happy we were able to give them something now, and save the rest for the future. It’s the best of both.

    Jenni L., mom of 2 boys and Audiologist
    CBR Client
  • My doctor said you can delay cord clamping and still preserve cord blood and cord tissue. I plan on doing all three.

    Leebees123
    BabyCenter Mom
  • After researching, our family decided to do delayed cord clamping as well as cord blood banking. It was an amazing experience to see the umbilical cord pulsing and we are so grateful we could still collect a viable cord blood and cord tissue sample.

    Robert S., proud father of 1
    CBR Client

How Does Cord Blood Banking Work?

The 5 simple steps to preserve your newborn’s stem cells.

See the process