Delayed umbilical cord clamping associated risks are being universally debated. Though being accepted and finding favorable points from certain sections of medical community consisting of doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians & midwives, but not without shortcomings.


Certain Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Associated Risks

But, before you adopt the practice of delayed umbilical cord clamping, it is to be noted, that it is yet to find favorable opinion from many other important quarters of medical communities as well.

  • One of the Delayed umbilical cord clamping associated risks is with respect to preterm infants where it may endanger the timely needed resuscitation effort.
  • One more potential risks with delayed cord clamping is the excessive placental transfusion leading to neonatal polycythemia which is caused due to the risk factors arising out of fetal polycthemia (maternal diabetes) resulting in intrauterine growth restriction and altitude.Delayed umbilical cord clamping associated risks

Parents for Storing Cord Blood find Risks with Delayed Cord Clamping

  • The delayed cord clamping may not find favors with the expecting parents who look to store cord blood in FDA approved cord blood bank for future use to meet the medical emergencies of their child.
  • And, that the regular practice of umbilical cord clamping must not be altered while collecting umbilical cord blood.
  • Hence the alteration will interfere while collecting the umbilical cord blood. Delayed umbilical cord clamping associated risks – Photo – Banc De Sang / Flickr

Jaundice Bout for the Child, the Risks with Delayed Cord Clamping

  • The statistics show that the delayed umbilical cord clamping has seen an increase need for photo therapy to treat jaundice after the child birth among the infants.
  • The reason for this vulnerability of the child getting a mild bout of jaundice at birth, is
  • due to the liver of the child which is not mature enough to process bilirubin, which is
  • nothing but a yellow byproduct resulting due to breakdown of old red blood cells.

Delivery Risks with Delayed Cord Clamping 

  • May create other medical and obstetric complications to the mothers which require the delivery made by cesarean delivery only.

Some More Apprehensions about Delayed Cord Clamping 


  • Neonatal hyperviscocity (thick blood) may cause kidney damage and strokes.
  • Difficult to prevent severe postpartum hemorrhage
  • Baby may lose blood back into the placenta which is known as backflow bleeding.

The above mentioned drawbacks along with the inconclusive research findings, will always raise a question mark in the mind of parents, pediatricians, obstetricians and midwives, regarding the  delayed cord clamping associated risks.

Note: The author of above article is not an expert in the above published article about the Delayed umbilical cord clamping associated risks . Please consult your doctor for expert opinion.