Can my midwife collect my baby's cord blood or does it have to be done by a doctor?

Can my midwife collect my baby's cord blood or does it have to be done by a doctor?

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Depending on where you deliver your baby and whether you choose donation to a public bank or storage in a private family bank, a midwife may be able to collect your baby's cord.

If you plan to donate your baby's cord blood and your baby will be delivered at a hospital that's set up for collecting cord blood, ask the hospital when you make the arrangements whether your midwife will be allowed do the actual collection. If you’re having a home birth, you won’t be able to donate cord blood.

If you plan to bank cord blood with a private company, you can bring the company's collection kit with you to wherever the birth takes place. The person collecting the cord blood may be an obstetrician, a nurse, a midwife – anyone who knows how to perform a sterile blood draw. This option makes it feasible to collect cord blood from most births for private storage.

Whoever collects your baby's cord blood needs to be trained to do so and experienced at it. You'll definitely get a better cord blood collection with a more experienced collector.

The training required to collect blood from the umbilical cord is the same skill used by the technicians ("phlebotomists") who draw your blood for testing. The cord blood collector must wipe the cord with disinfectant and insert a needle into a vein in the umbilical cord to allow the blood to flow from the cord into a collection bag.

Find out more:

  • All about cord blood banking
  • Can I donate cord blood from a home birth?
  • Will collecting my baby's cord blood interfere with having a natural birth?
  • With delayed cord clamping, can I still donate or bank my baby's cord blood?

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