Does anyone know if this is possible? I'm 6 months into a healthy pregnancy and would like to know if anyone has any experience of stem cell research and if its possible for me to donate my placenta after I've given birth. Thanks in advance.
This is really interesting, but I also heard that it's very important that the Dr. Doesn't clamp the umbilical cord until all the blood has transferred from the placenta into the baby, ie. Until it's stopped pulsating as the amount still to be transferred can be quite substantial. The reason is for exactly the same reason why it's beneficial to donate cord blood. So do you give it to science or give it to you're own child? I know it's selfish but I know what I'm going to do.
Paternal I have ultimate pregnancy brain! I walked out of the house with the dishcloth today and bought the wrong sized mattress 3 times!! I don't understand you! Sorry, please elaborate as am very intrigued!
Sorry a bit heavy but it relates to DCC (delayed cord clamping) this is the results of a WHO study. It shows that there really isn't that much difference apart from a dramatic increase of haemoglobin levels in new borns.
The review includes 11 trials, involving 2989 mothers and their babies. Five of these trials (involving 2236 women and infants) had investigated differences between early and late cord clamping and cutting in terms of risk of postpartum haemorrhage. There was no significant differences between the two groups in these trials. Only two trials had measured other maternal outcomes, such as risk of blood transfusion, manual removal of placenta, or duration of the third stage of labour. No differences between the two groups were found for those outcomes. For the baby, there was a significant increase in newborn haemoglobin levels (weighted mean difference 2.17 g/dL; 95% CI 0.284.06) in the late cord clamping and cutting group compared with early cord clamping and cutting group (three trials, 671 motherbaby pairs), although this effect did not persist past 6 months. Infant ferritin levels remained higher in the late clamping and cutting group than the early clamping and cutting group at six months. No significant differences were found in other neonatal outcomes such as Apgar score less than seven at 5 minutes (two trials, 1342 neonates), admission to special care baby nursery or neonatal intensive care unit (three trials, 1293 infants), respiratory distress (four trials, 1387 infants), polycythaemia (three trials, 463 infants), or clinical jaundice (five trials, 1828 infants). In spite of the latter, however, significantly more infants (relative risk 0.59; 95% CI 0.380.92) in the late cord clamping and cutting group required phototherapy for jaundice than in the early cord clamping and cutting group (five trials, 1762 infants). These results were influenced by a large unpublished trial (Mc Donald 1996, PhD thesis) in which late cord clamping and cutting was done when cord pulsation had ceased or at 5 minutes if cord pulsation had not ceased.