How is the cord tissue collected?
Generally, collection in private hospitals is carried out by the mother’s obstetrician or attending midwife. In public hospitals, collections are usually carried out by a Cell Care collector. Cell Care collectors are contractors or employees of Cell Care who have been trained in the collection process.
Cord tissue collection takes place after the cord blood has been collected. A short section of the umbilical cord (approximately 10cm) is cut from the cord, which has already been separated from the baby. The sectioned cord is washed and then placed in the storage vial provided in the collection kit. It is returned to the processing laboratory with the cord blood.
Are there any risks?
No. The cord tissue is collected after your baby has been born and the placenta has been delivered. The procedure is painless and risk-free to both mother and baby, and does not alter the birthing process in any way.
What about caesarean or assisted deliveries?
The method of delivery does not affect the process of cord tissue collection. Once your baby has been delivered and the cord blood has been collected, a short section of the umbilical cord is cut, washed and placed in the storage vial provided.
What length of umbilical cord is required for the collection of cord tissue?
If the cord is cut and clamped nearest to the baby, generally a 10cm section of the umbilical cord can then be cut and transfered back to the laboratory.
Does the hospital need anything to do the collection?
No. Once you register with Cell Care you will receive a collection pack containing everything that your obstetrician, midwife or trained collector will need to collect your baby’s cord tissue. You just need to remember to take the pack to the hospital with you when you go in to have your baby.