Collecting stem cells from umbilical cord blood is QUICK, PAINLESS and NON-INVASIVE – posing no medical risk to mother or baby. It takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes after birth.
After birth the umbilical cord is clamped and cut before the baby is taken away for care.
The blood is collected from the umbilical cord in a quick, painless and non-invasive procedure.
A 20-25cm segment of the umbilical cord is collected.
IS THE COLLECTION PROCEDURE HARMFUL TO MY BABY?
No. Umbilical cord blood is only collected once the cord has been clamped and separated from your baby. The collection procedure does not affect the birthing procedure that you have decided upon and that is carried out by your healthcare professional. The collection procedure is perfectly safe and pain-free for both mother and baby. A far as the mother and child are concerned, it is completely non-invasive.
National Cord Blood Program, http://www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org/patients/ncbp_diseases.pdf