What Happens During Collection?
Immediately after the birth of your baby (either by vaginal delivery or by caesarean section) the umbilical cord is clamped and cut in the normal manner, separating the baby from the placenta and mother. The portion of the umbilical cord still attached to the placenta is then cleaned and a needle is inserted into the umbilical vein to draw as much placental blood as possible, by gravity flow, into a sterile blood collection bag containing anti-coagulant to prevent the blood from clotting.
The collection process is non-invasive, completely painless and takes only a few minutes to complete. A maternal venous blood sample is also required for infectious disease testing.
As with cord blood, the cord tissue collection process is easy and painless. Your baby’s umbilical cord is clamped and cut, and the cord blood is collected. After that, your doctor or our collector will collect as much of the umbilical cord tissue as possible and place it into the sterile, transport solution provided in your collection kit.