Umbilical cord blood collection in Cesarean section: a comparison before and after placental delivery

Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2002 Aug;266(4):193-4. doi: 10.1007/s00404-001-0249-4.


Fetal stem cells transplants depend on nucleated cells from fetal blood. This study was a prospective randomized trials to compare the collection of fetal blood by gravity into a bag containing anticoagulant, before and after delivery of the placenta. The obstetric and the newborn characteristics in the two group were not significantly different. The mean volume of fetal blood collected while the placental was still in utero was 74.93+/-7.1 ml as against 35.78+/-3.6 ml for collection of fetal blood after delivery of the placenta.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Cesarean Section*
  • Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation / methods
  • Female
  • Fetal Blood / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Placenta / physiology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prospective Studies