The Collection Process FAQ
Is cord blood collection possible for Caesarean and Home Birth?
How is the umbilical cord blood collected?
The cord blood collection process is safe, easy and painless for both mother and baby. Our collection procedure does not interfere with the delivery or subsequent care for mother or baby. After the safe delivery of your child, your doctor or midwife cleans the umbilical cord (with the materials provided) and inserts the blood bag needle into the umbilical vein. The blood flows into the bag by gravity. The blood bag tubing is clamped, sealed, labeled and then sent to our lab. The whole collection process takes only a few minutes.
Is there any risk to my baby or the mother?
When is the cord blood sample collected?
Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord after the baby is born and after the cord has been cut and clamped. The doctor’s first concern is to mother and baby and once everything is okay, then the doctor will proceed with the cord blood collection.
Why is the maternal sample needed and what testing is performed?
Will either my baby or I feel any discomfort during the collection?
If I choose to delay cord clamping can I still do cord blood banking?
- World Health Organization (WHO) ─ between 1 to 3 minutes1
- Royal College of OB-GYNs (RCOG) – 30 seconds to 2 minutes2
- The American College of OB-GYNs (ACOG) – 30 seconds to 60 seconds3
All of the above international bodies suggested not to go over 3 to 5 minutes before clamping due to the high incidence of increased risk for neonatal phototherapy, higher risk of polycythemia, hyperbilirubinemia and other neonatal disorders
1Abalos E. Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes: RHL commentary (last revised: 2 March 2009). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.
2Scientific Impact Paper No. 14: Clamping of the Umbilical Cord and Placental Transfusion. (2015). The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Obstet Gynecol, 17(3), 216-216.
3Timing of umbilical cord clamping after birth. Committee Opinion No. 543. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2012;120:1522–6.