Delayed cord clamping and cutting is the best choice for newborns. Only in the rare case that my baby and I required a medical intervention that required immediate cord clamping and cutting would I ever consider donating our umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is too valuable to a newborn to donate for some hypothetical future situation. Therefore, I chose delayed cord clamping and cutting for both my babies.
Scientists have now managed to grow human nerve stem cells from the gut in the lab. They form structures in these pictures, which have been stained to reveal DNA (blue) and important stem cell proteins (red and green).