How is it procured?

 

Cord blood is procured after an uncomplicated delivery (vaginal or caesarean section) using a procedure which is not harmful to the mother or the newborn. The procurement process does not require the physician and midwife to change the usual delivery management procedure. The child is separated from the placenta by severing the umbilical cord at least 30-60 seconds after birth. While the placenta is still in the womb, the umbilical cord is disinfected after which the umbilical vein is pierced with a syringe connected to a bag, which enables the collection of as much of the blood remaining in the placenta as possible. In most cases the procurement process takes around 5 minutes, as after that time frame normal coagulation processes start taking place in the umbilical cord and placenta. Cord blood procurement is painless, simple and safe for the mother and child.

 

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