How is cord blood collected?

How is cord blood collected?

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How is cord blood collected?

Cord blood is collected right after birth

The process takes 5 to 10 minutes and is painless and safe for you and your baby

After delivery (vaginal or by c-section) the umbilical cord is clamped in two places and cut

Your healthcare provider inserts a needle into the umbilical vein and extracts 1 to 5 ounces of cord blood into a collection bag

A small amount of maternal blood is also drawn to be tested for infectious diseases

This is done like any other blood draw, from the inner part of the elbow

The cord blood is boxed and sent to the collection bank, where it's:

  • tested to see how many stem cells it contains
  • tested to make sure it's free of contamination and infectious diseases
  • processed to separate the stem cells from the red blood cells and plasma
  • frozen for long-term storage

Banking your baby's cord blood doesn't affect your delivery or your partner's choice to cut the cord

Are you considering banking your baby's cord blood? If so, discuss options with your healthcare provider in advance, ideally during your second trimester

Also, talk to your healthcare provider if you have plans for delayed cord clamping along with cord blood collection

For more on cord blood banking, go to Our Site

Video production by Kino Bino.

Watch the video: Unboxing Your Cord Blood Collection Kit. CBR (June 2022).