Cord blood collection

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after a baby is born. It is rich in stem cells, which can help to cure many life threatening diseases.

The stem cells found in cord blood restore the function of the patient’s immune and blood producing systems. It is an alternative to using bone marrow, with the advantage of being immediately available when required.

Following the birth of a baby, the placenta and umbilical cord are usually thrown away along with these life saving stem cells.

Obstetricians and midwives at the Rosie hospital do not recommend routine cord blood collection and stem-cell storage. If you choose to make this decision for yourself then you must be aware that you must make arrangements for a third party (usually a phlebotomist) to undertake the cord blood collection, and you, as parents, remain responsible for the despatch of the cord blood. You must be aware that in certain clinical situations it will not be possible for cord blood to be collected.

If you do enter into an agreement with a stem cell company, please ensure that you contact Claire Parker, senior clinical midwife and delivery unit lead or ask the company to do so on your behalf so that the Rosie hospital is aware that it is your intention to have cord blood collected.

Email: claire.parker@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Tel: 01223 217 756