Umbilical Cord Blood can be easily harvested and stored in one of the several cord blood banks now available. The harvesting of cord blood takes place after an infant has been delivered but before the delivery of the placenta. There are two methods for collecting cord blood. Cord blood can be collected via the syringe method, where blood is drawn into a syringe after the umbilical cord has been tied off.
The second method of cord blood collection is the gravity bag method, where the cord blood is allowed to drain into a collection bag much like the process of blood donation. The collection of cord blood is a process that causes no harm to the mother or the newborn infant. Collection is a non invasive process and does not expose the infant or the mother to any discomfort whatsoever.