Vital Signs: Good Things For Those Who Wait

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Mon August 19, 2013

Vital Signs: Good Things For Those Who Wait

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The umbilical cord was previously something to dispose of quickly after childbirth. Researchers now say "not so fast."
  • Source: Kera
  • | Via: Breakthroughs Health/Science/Tech blog
Doctors usually clamp and cut the umbilical cord less than a minute after childbirth. But a study recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews suggests waiting longer would benefit a newborn. Dr. Sheri Puffer, an Ob-Gyn with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, explains why in this edition of KERA's Vital Signs.