How Umbilical Cord Blood Is Collected And Preserved
The collection process itself is easy and painless, and does not interfere with the delivery or subsequent care for your newborn and yourself. Here's how it works:
1. When your baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Your baby is then removed from the birthing area prior to commencing the collection.
2. Next, before the placenta is delivered, your obstetrician or midwife cleans a four- to eight-inch area of umbilical cord with antiseptic solution and inserts the blood bag needle into the umbilical vein. The blood flows into the bag by gravity, until it stops, after which the collection is complete. The blood bag is clamped, sealed and labeled. The collection typically takes two to four minutes. Two tubes of maternal blood are also drawn.