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October 6th, 2009, 08:17 PM
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This might be a really stupid question. My husband and I are considering banking the cord blood. I have a lot of personal reasons why. I am not sure of the process, but I am wondering if the midwife would be equipped to do this? I'm assuming that if we prolong cutting the cord that this wouldn't be possible (the blood would go to the baby?)

Any info that anyone can give is appreciated

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October 6th, 2009, 09:04 PM
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I'm not sure if a midwife would be equipped for it... you'd have to ask I guess.

We aren't doing it though. And yes, if you delay cord cutting the blood goes to the baby so you wouldn't have the option of banking it. That's a big reason for us not banking. cord blood can be up to 50% of the baby's total blood volume.
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October 8th, 2009, 12:23 PM
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I did it once with my second child. The cord cutting was delayed just a minute. The midwife did it, but it was at the hospital. I used Viacord, they sent all the stuff necessary except maybe the syringe. So, as long as she has that, I don't think she'd need anything else.

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