Umbilical Cord Information and Anomalies

The umbilical cord transports blood and nutrients between the placenta and the fetus and back. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Information

The umbilical cord is a narrow, tube-like structure that connects the developing baby (also referred to, in medical terms, as the fetus) to the placenta and transports blood and nutrients between the fetus and the placenta. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Prolapse

An umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord which connects the baby to the placenta slips before the baby's presenting part close to or into the vagina. ... read more »

Mom's Stress May Increase Baby's Asthma and Allergy Risk

SUNDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- If an expectant mother is exposed to high levels of stress, her baby may be more likely to develop asthma or allergies later in life, new research suggests. ... read more »

First Trimester Umbilical Cord Cysts

Researchers from Tufts Medical Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently completed a study attempting to relate umbilical cord cysts found via sonography in the first months of pregnancy to specific pregnancy outcomes. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Healing: Dry Cord Vs Human Milk

Researchers at the Department of Midwifery at the Islamic Azad University in Iran recently published a simple study on newborn umbilical cord care. The group aimed to find out if applying human milk to the remaining umbilical cord would affect healing/drop off time. ... read more »

Third Stage of Labor

Giving birth to a new baby is about more than just active labor, contractions and pushing. The placenta needs to pass out of the uterus and vagina after delivery. ... read more »

Caring for Your Baby's Umbilical Cord

All about how to care for your baby's umbilical cord. ... read more »

Abruptio Placentae (Placental Abruption)

An abruptio placentae (i.e. placental abruption) is the separation of the normally located placenta before the baby is born and after the 20th week of the pregnancy. ... read more »

Single Umbilical Artery

There are usually three vessels in the umbilical cord: two arteries and one vein. Having one, rather than two, arteries (Single umbilical artery = SUA or two-vessel cord) is the most common malformation of the umbilical cord . ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

Hypertension in Pregnancy May be Linked to Lead Exposure

Researchers have found a connection between lead exposure and hypertension in pregnancy. Even tiny amounts of lead can cause a significant increase in pregnancy blood pressure. ... read more »

6 Stages During Pregnancy: The Changing Female Body

Stages during pregnancy are often divided up into weeks or trimesters. Within these common stages in pregnancy are six major times of change. ... read more »

Whole Body Skin Cleansing with Chlorhexidine in Neonates

In medical centers with low-resource reserves, cleansing the umbilical cord with chlorhexidine is used to reduce mortality rates. ... read more »

3-Minute Cord Cutting Delay Boosts Brain Development Later

Traditionally, the umbilical cord is cut within seconds of birth but advocates of delayed clamping say the baby can benefit from a little extra blood flow at this critical moment in time. ... read more »

Childhood Behavior and Umbilical Cord Testosterone Levels

Researchers from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research recently published a study in PLoS One on the potential role of testosterone levels of umbilical cord blood and behavior in boys and girls. ... read more »

Maternal Epilepsy is Common Marker for Childhood Epilepsy

Researchers from the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland recently published a study in the journal PLoS One, discussing the possibility of predicting epilepsy risk in newborns based on umbilical cord length. ... read more »

Three Minutes to Improved Iron Levels

When clamping the umbilical cord, doctors should wait a full three minutes after birth to reduce the risk of iron deficiency later in life. A study published in BMJ supports waiting to clamp the umbilical cord. ... read more »

Mom's High Testosterone and Language Delay in Baby

A new research study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, claims male infants exposed to higher than normal levels of testosterone may be at increased risk of language delays. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Around The Baby's Neck

It's usually not until the delivery of a healthy baby that the diagnosis of an umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck is made; most of the time nobody knew about it before the delivery. ... read more »

Effect of Timing of Umbilical Cord Clamping

It seems unthinkable to deliberately deprive a newborn baby of 30% to 40% of its blood supply but some delivery experts suggest we do exactly that when the umbilical cord is severed within a minute of its birth. ... read more »

How an Umbilical Hernia Could Affect Your Pregnancy

Increased abdominal pressure can cause an umbilical hernia at any point in your life. A bad cough and heavy lifting are both common causes, so it’s no wonder pregnancy can also cause a hernia. ... read more »

Waiting to Clamp the Cord Proves Beneficial

According to the Neonatal Resuscitation program, doctors should delay umbilical cord clamping a minimum of one minute if no immediate medical attention is needed ... read more »

Caring for the Umbilical Stump

The first time I saw a newborn’s belly button, I admit I was a little put-off. The umbilical stump had yet to fall off, and I was a touch horrified by the shriveled, black tissue on the baby’s stomach. ... read more »

Waiting Out the Umbilical Stump

Let’s face it – the umbilical stump is gross. Yes, seeing your baby all slimy right after birth is a magical moment. It’s natural and you feel a special connection with him or her, so you can easily look past the otherwise grotesqueness of the situation. ... read more »