How is umbilical cord blood collected?
Collecting cord blood will not change your labor or delivery in any way. During delivery, the focus is on you and your baby. The delivering physician does not change the routine delivery procedures to collect cord blood. Collections take place after vaginal or cesarean births. No blood is taken from the baby, only from the umbilical cord after the baby is born. Because collection occurs after the cord has been clamped and cut, there is no risk or pain to the infant or mother. The blood is drained from the umbilical vein into a collecting bag. This process takes less than ten minutes.
What diseases can be treated with umbilical cord blood?
Currently, stem cells from umbilical cord blood can be used to treat more than 60 different malignant and genetic diseases. Some examples are described below.
Inborn Errors of Metabolism