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How is a baby's umbilical cord blood harvested?

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The doctor clamps the umbilical cord in two places, about 10 inches apart. She cuts the cord, separating mother from baby. Then she puts a needle in the cord and collects at least 40 milliliters of blood. It's sealed in a bag and sent to a lab or cord blood bank for testing and storage. The process only takes a few minutes and is painless for mother and baby.

SOURCES:

The Journal of Perinatal Education : "Umbilical Cord Blood: Information for Childbirth Educators."

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Committee Opinion: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking."

Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center: "Procedure for Collecting, Storing and Shipping the Cord Blood Sample."

MayoClinic.org: "What is cord blood banking -- and is it better to use a public or private facility?"

Pediatrics : "Policy statement: Cord blood banking for potential future transplantation."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

The Journal of Perinatal Education : "Umbilical Cord Blood: Information for Childbirth Educators."

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Committee Opinion: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking."

Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center: "Procedure for Collecting, Storing and Shipping the Cord Blood Sample."

MayoClinic.org: "What is cord blood banking -- and is it better to use a public or private facility?"

Pediatrics : "Policy statement: Cord blood banking for potential future transplantation."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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