I am more than half way through this pregnancy and starting to think more and more about Cord Blood Banking. I thought about it with the first one, again with the second but just let the opportunity pass me by. Well, I am actually considering doing it this time. I told my husband how I felt, he said “Ok.” But we never discussed it any further. It doesn’t cost as much as I thought it did and after the presentation I saw, I am seriously considering this!
What is Cord Blood Banking?
The collection process is easy and painless, and does not interfere with the delivery or subsequent care for your newborn. After your baby is born, but before the placenta is delivered, your obstetrician or midwife cleans a four- to eight- inch area of umbilical cord with antiseptic solution and inserts the blood bag needle into the umbilical vein. The blood flows into the bag by gravity until it stops, after which the collection is complete. The blood bag is clamped, sealed, and labeled. The collection typically takes two to four minutes. Three tubes of maternal blood are also drawn for testing.