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    Are you still able to donate cord blood if you have a water birth? I can't find any info on it.

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    I found this info on a NZ cord blood collecting website:

    "I’m having a water birth – can the cord blood still be collected?
    You can have the labour in the water, but you would need to get out of the water once fully dilated in order to give birth and then have the cord cut and clamped. There are a number of reasons for this. One is the chance of contamination from the water. Another is that the cord blood is collected using a gravity bag method so you need to be laid down, in order to facilitate the collection of the cord blood. CordBank typically clamps and cuts the umbilical cord immediately after birth and before the placenta is delivered, in order to collect as much cord blood as possible."

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    Hmmm... I'll ask at my appointment next month. I think I'd rather donate cord blood than have a water birth.

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    Asked the midwife about it and I can't do both so I've decided on a water birth and delayed cord clamping.


 

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