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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
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