cord blood is safe for both you and your baby. The procedure takes
less than five minutes. Open 24 hours a day, Community Blood Services
will dispatch a technician or special courier to transport the cord
blood to the CBS for processing.
of two techniques can be used to harvest your babyís cord blood:
#1. (In-utero) After the baby is born and the umbilical cord
is detached, a needle is inserted into the cordís vein and the placenta
blood is drawn. Your physician, midwife or nurse collects the cord
blood in a small, sterile pouch that contains an anticoagulant to
prevent clotting. The pouch is sealed in a specially designed container
and delivered to Community Blood Services for processing and testing.
technique is preferred because it typically produces a higher quantity
of stem cells.
#2. (Ex-utero) When the umbilical cord and placenta are detached
from the uterus, the medical staff places them into a hanging collection
system. The umbilical cord is extended through the opening, and
the umbilical cord blood is collected in the same way described
in technique #1.
Technology for Maximum Results
Blood Servicesí state-of the-art processing technology guarantees
maximum recovery and maximum quality of the cord blood harvested.
and processing of the cord blood is performed no later than 48 hours
after the harvesting.
blood cells are removed from the cord blood. The remaining white
cells are concentrated, and frozen. The frozen cells are then stored
in liquid nitrogen and placed in a storage facility within the blood
storage facility is equipped with a back-up electrical power generator
and battery back-up system. Temperatures are supervised round-the-clock
by blood center technicians and monitored by an independent company.
For more information on Community Blood Services please call (201)