By the YeahBaby.com editorial staff
Most parents know cord blood can be used to treat more than 70 types of diseases, but many are unsure if there are risks in donating cord blood. Be assured there are no health risks to the mother or the new born while collecting cord blood.
Cord blood is collected after the baby is born. Cord blood will be gathered from the unused portion of the umbilical cord and from the blood vessels of the placenta. Since the umbilical cord and the placenta blood vessels are a byproduct of child birth, this procedure is considered medically safe. Collecting cord blood is quick and most parents are unlikely to notice the doctor has collected this liquid miracle.
Many parents will be glad to know collecting cord blood will not affect your birth experience. This procedure is done after the baby is born.
In the event the mother or the baby experiences any complications during delivery, your doctor will likely not collect the cord blood. Your doctor will never let cord blood collection interfere with the safety of the mother or her newborn!