Many midwives and home-birth advocates recommend delaying cutting the umbilical cord after the baby is born.
These same midwives wonder if their patients will be able to collect their cord blood even if they choose to delay cutting the cord.
The simple answer is yes, you can save the baby’s cord blood, it just might take a little more time to collect it.
When collecting the cord blood, the healthcare provider may need to insert the needle into a couple of of different spots in the umbilical cord to ensure enough cord blood is collected.
This will in no way hurt since the umbilical cord is not connected to the baby or the mother at this time. It may just take a couple of additional minutes on the part of the healthcare provider.
There is plenty of blood to allow for it to remain attached to the baby and still collect the cord blood.