Harvesting 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
#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 center.
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) 444-3900 †