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Cord blood refers to a sample of blood collected from the umbilical cord when a baby is born. The umbilical cord is the cord connecting the baby to the mother's womb.
This article focuses on cord blood testing done to evaluate a newborn's health.
How the test is performed
Immediately after the birth of your baby, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. If cord blood is to be drawn, another clamp is placed 8 to 10 inches away from the first, then the isolated section is cut and a blood sample is collected into a specimen tube.
How to prepare for the test
No special preparation is necessary for this test.
How the test will feel
You will not feel anything beyond the normal birthing process.
Why the test is performed
Cord blood testing is done to determine the following:
(if an infection is suspected)
Blood gases, to evaluate the oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH ...
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