Cord blood collection process (illustration)

To be able to make an informed decision about saving your child’s cord blood, it is not only important that you understand its benefits but also the process by which umbilical cord blood is collected for storage.

The beginning of the process is marked by the collection of three samples of the would-be mother’s blood. Subsequently, these samples are labeled and packed with care to preserve them. The samples are then forwarded for meticulous testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, HTLV and CMV, which ensures that the mother’s blood is safe for any future requirements.

As soon as the baby is born and the doctor cuts away the umbilical cord in a safe and hygienic manner, the removed cord is cleaned with an iodine swab stick to reduce the risk of any kind of contamination and infection. After that, a sterile and unused needle is inserted into the vein of the cord and the blood is pumped out of it. The fresh blood is then transferred to a storage bag to prevent any leakage or accidental contamination. An anticoagulant is added and the bag is shaken to distribute the anti-coagulant evenly. The specimen bag is then labeled and sealed. Then, in a separate box, the mother and child’s samples are kept together.

All these storage bags are forwarded to the Cordlife’s storage facility, where they go through further processing, testing, and finally, safe storage.

To ensure your family’s future health and happiness, it is crucial nowadays to preserve the umbilical cord, which used to be discarded as waste till very recently.