If you are a mother expecting a new baby, for the first time or otherwise, you may have had a discussion with your husband or partner about how to cut the umbilical cord post delivery. In fact, many fathers opt to be the one to cut the umbilical cord of their newborn to be as involved as possible in the birthing process.
But if your family has decided to bank your baby’s cord blood, can the father still perform his job? After all, cord blood is found within the umbilical cord, and collected by a cord blood specialist within minutes after the delivery of the baby.
However, fathers who insist on cutting the umbilical cord can still take part in the birthing process. Cord blood collection occurs after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, meaning the dads can still do their part in welcoming their little ones into the world.
Cutting the cord is not the only job for the fathers of the family. If the baby’s cord blood is scheduled to be collected, it should be dad’s job to remind doctors that the cord blood collection process must occur.
The process begins long before delivery, requiring parents to speak with their doctors about cord blood banking. Once a decision is made, families must request a collection kit be sent from their chosen cord blood bank in the weeks leading up to the due date.
One of dad’s jobs prior to leaving for the hospital should be to remember the collection kit, and ensure a courier will be sent to collect the cord blood sample. Once the sample is collected, both parents’ jobs are complete – the family can then celebrate with their new baby.