Vital Signs: Good Things For Those Who Wait
The umbilical cord was previously something to dispose of quickly after childbirth. Researchers now say "not so fast."
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.