Article Written By: Teton Obgyn
Collecting cord blood has to be done right after the baby is born; it is a safe and painless procedure that consists of extracting blood filled with stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord.
How it is done
The blood will be shipped to a cord blood bank after being collected through a rather simple procedure: regardless of the type of delivery chosen, the doctor will clamp and cut the cord soon after the baby is born. To prevent blood from clotting and losing its functions, this procedure should not be delayed. The cord blood is then extracted from the umbilical vein with the help of a needle. This is done while the baby’s cord is still attached to the placenta. The collecting process lasts for about 10 minutes and a collection bag is used for draining the blood.
Hot and cold weather can damage fresh collected stem cells, so it is essential that the cord blood remains cool during its transportation to the bank. That is why it is carried in special containers that are designed to maintain a cool temperature no matter the weather outside. After being shipped to the bank, the blood will be taken to a laboratory and tested to see if it meets specific quality standards. It will then be processed and preserved using a freezing technique that will maintain its qualities for a long time. Specialists will handle all the operations, from transporting the cells from the hospital to the laboratory, to dealing with the required paperwork.