Understanding Cord blood harvesting procedure

Cord blood transplants are increasing in number as more and more people are becoming aware of the ease and quality of the cord blood cells in providing the required stem cells in case of a need.

This is a very available and easy source of stem cells, as the cord blood is normally discarded during a baby’s birth.

The most important step in cord blood transplants in the cord blood harvesting. Cord blood harvesting means collection of cord blood from the umbilical cord of the baby after the baby’s birth.

Since cord blood harvesting is done after the baby’s birth and after the umbilical cord is cut, this process does not cause any harm to the baby or the mother.

Cord blood harvesting is a very safe procedure and can provide excellent benefits for the baby during its lifetime. It can also benefit others if the blood is donated to be used for stem cell transplants for an unrelated matching patient.

Cord blood harvesting should be done in a very safe and correct manner by trained specialists. The possibility of the cord blood contamination to occur, is relatively higher during the harvesting process, where the chance of exposure are more and the chances of the blood getting into contact with un-sterile equipment is also high.

Due to the importance of this procedure, more and more information is being disseminated about cord blood harvesting among expectant parents and a lot of hospitals and blood banks have trained staffs to take care of this procedure.

Cord blood harvesting provides a lot of benefits and as more and more research is being done, we can expect cures for various kinds of diseases using the stem cells that can grow from cord blood.

Currently cord blood research relating to a number of diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injuries and various neurological disorders are being conducted.

As the cord blood is normally wasted, it is doesn’t decrease or remove the blood content in a baby. Parents who worry about the cord blood collection process, thinking that the blood is being removed from baby, have to realize the fact that this process just collects the blood that is already present in the umbilical cord and not from the baby per se.

The cord blood that is collected after the birth is tested for its eligibility in transplant operations before being preserved for future needs.