Umbilical cord blood and tissue collection: a simple gesture, without any risk

It is, in essence, a normal venous sampling totally harmless and painless

Umbilical cord blood or cord tissue is collected in the minutes following the birth, after the gynaecologist has clamped and cut the cord. This procedure is therefore painless and without any risk both for the mother and the baby.

The umbilical cord is a gelatinous tube that contains a vein and two arteries: the vein carries oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the foetus from the placenta (a temporary organ of the mother that produces the substances needed to grow the baby in the womb), while the arteries carry the waste substances of the foetus to the placenta.

The gynaecologist performs the collection of cord blood and tissue: immediately after childbirth (in the first minute of life), the cord is clamped in two points, one of which as close as possible to the baby’s abdomen. The cord is then cut in this isolated segment and the child is given to the care of the delivery room staff. Cutting the umbilical cord immediately does not endanger the baby’s life.

Before the placenta is expelled, the gynaecologist proceeds to the collection of the cord blood. After carefully disinfecting the cord, the gynaecologist uses the sterile bag already provided with a needle inside our kit, to collect the blood contained within the umbilical cord.

It is, in essence, a normal venous sampling totally harmless and painless.

Once the blood has been collected, the gynaecologist proceeds with the collection of the cord tissue: the procedure consists in cutting a segment of the cord of 10-15 cm, as close as possible to the placenta and away from the side from which the blood was taken. The ideal portion of tissue is as straight as possible and without lesions. The segment is then carefully disinfected and placed in an appropriate cup containing saline solution supplied with our kit.

The collection of umbilical cord blood and tissue samples can also be carried out in the case of caesarean section and twin delivery. In addition, collection is possible in all maternity wards in Switzerland. It is not recommended in the case of premature birth and of course in cases of placenta previa or accreta, detachment of the placenta, rupture of the umbilical cord, resuscitation.