Lately I have received many questions about the role placenta blood plays at the time of a cord blood collection. Some have even asked if it is necessary to save and preserve the placenta?

  • The Placenta is an organ that is about the size of a fist.  It’s job is to connect the baby to the uterine wall which enables the baby to receive all of the nutrients it needs to be healthy. It is enriched with the same stem cells that are found inside of your baby’s cord blood.

Your knowledge about placenta blood is very important. Especially If you plan to collect your baby’s cord blood. When collecting cord blood  it is important to get as much blood as possible to help increase the chances of a higher yield of stem cells. If possible it is best to collect the cord blood while the placenta is still in uterine. This allows for the natural contractions to increase the flow of blood, resulting in a higher yield. However there are circumstances that will not allow you to leave the placenta in longer.  If you have an emergency or a C-section your entire birthing process will be different. The Good News is that neither of these situations should prevent you from collecting cord blood.

Like I mentioned above your Placenta blood stem cells are identical to your baby’s cord blood stem cells. Some banking institutions have began to offer tissue (such as placenta) preservation and storage. I believe the best way to get a large yield of stem cells, is to let the placenta flow naturally into the cord.  By doing this, you will not need to bank both the cord blood and placenta.

I hope that this helps to answer your questions! If you have more questions regarding stem cells and or cord blood, please check out my other website- http://www.allaboutcordblood.com

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry