Optimal cord clamping & stem cells - when to cut the cord?
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What if there were a simple, free, natural way to give your baby a bit better start on the first day of life:
- Improving blood counts now
- Reducing the chance of iron deficiency later
- Improving oxygen levels in the brain
- Reducing serious bacterial infections
- Stabilizing blood sugar levels
- Improving organ growth
The idea of rushing to clamp and cut the cord within 20 seconds is a recent idea, so that professionals can take charge of and examine the baby right away. It’s not clear this practice is beneficial for healthy, stable babies.
Waiting the extra seconds for what I prefer to call “normal” cord clamping rather than “rushed” cord clamping, gives the baby an extra supply of iron – a supply that can last for 6 full months – perhaps enough to prevent iron deficiency throughout the entire first year. I believe babies were originally designed to get iron from their mothers, not from fortified processed foods like white rice cereal.
A Natural Stem Cell Transplant
The extra blood the baby gets by what I call “normal” clamping isn’t just any blood – it’s once-in-a-lifetime, rich, umbilical cord blood, which is packed with an assortment of powerful stem cells. These stem cells are still migrating from the placenta into the baby at the birth moment.
Those who favor cord blood banking rush to clamp and cut the cord earlier, to capture the valuable stem cells so they can whisk these stem cells away to be preserved in cold storage. This is better than just throwing the stem cells away.
I prefer going with the age-old natural process of letting these potent stem cells plant themselves in the baby as a last gift at birth, to grow within and carry out the purposes for which they were designed. Cutting edge science is just beginning to appreciate and understand the true value of this gift.
Tolosa JN, Park DH, Eve DJ, Klasko SK, Borlongan CV, and Sanberg PR. “Mankind’s First Natural Stem Cell Transplant.” Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Mar 2010, 14(3):488-495.
McDonald SJ, Middleton P. “Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD004074. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004074.pub2.
In 2010 Dr. Greene founded the WhiteOut Movement to change how babies in the United States are fed. In 2012 he launched a worldwide campaign aimed at changing the practice of Immediate Cord Camping To Optimal Cord Clamping or TICC TICC.
He has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on CNN, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America - Health, NBC Evening News, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, and The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Greenereceived the Healthy Child award for Prevention, was honored as one of “the 100 most creative and influential innovators working in health care today” and was named the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet by Intel.
He is the father of four and he wears green socks.