Collection of your newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood for storage in Community Blood Services’ public or family banks is a simple process that is safe and painless and does not affect the birth, your baby or you in any way.
It takes approximately 5 minutes to collect the umbilical cord blood after the birth of your baby. Collections are done by obstetricians, nurse midwives, nurses or trained technicians using the highest quality standards. Your baby’s cord blood is collected using a sterile pouch (blood bag.) A small sample of your (the mother’s) blood is also collected to be tested for infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, etc.
After collection your baby’s cord blood is transported under highly controlled conditions to our laboratory by a Community Blood Services’ courier. Once received in our laboratory the blood is processed using a closed, automated system knows as SEPAX and stored in a liquid nitrogen freezer. Public and family cord blood units are stored separately in secure, specifically designated storage areas.