Umbilical cord blood banking is actually a simple, painless process for mother and baby. The most important part is to be sure to order a Collection Kit in advance and bring it with you to the hospital when you go into labor. After that, your job is to focus on bringing your baby into the world, while your medical team handles the process of collecting the umbilical cord blood immediately after your baby is born.
Once your OBGYN or midwife collects your newborn’s umbilical cord blood into our FDA approved Collection Bag, you will just need to complete the paperwork and call our Client Services team for bedside packing instructions and pick-up at the hospital.
We’ll arrange to ship the kit to our laboratory in Florida and process the collection. Our laboratory technol0gists will isolate the HSCs, test their viability, and confirm the yield of Total Nucleated Cells (TNC’s). We’ll then cryogenically store your child’s stem cells in a liquid nitrogen tank at a temperature at or below -150oF. Your stem cells will be safely stored and remain viable for at least 25 years and possibly indefinitely.
So much research is going on with stem cells from cord blood as scientists work to unlock the secrets of stem cells. Much of the research centers on the anti-inflammatory properties of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Medical research into stem cells is ongoing, offering the potential to treat diseases or injuries that have […]
Stem cells perform three important functions: 1. They renew themselves; 2. Differentiate into other cells; and 3. Renew other cells. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can restore the immune system following chemotherapy or radiation for leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases. Historically, HSCs have only been available from bone marrow and peripheral blood transplants. As cord […]
In addition to potentially life-saving stem cells, your newborn’s umbilical cord blood also contains their DNA. Storing your child’s cord blood ensures that their baseline genetic information will be available if ever needed. What Can Genes Tell Us? The sum total of all the information coded into your child’s individual genes is their genome. Simply […]
By donating your newborn’s cord blood, you are joining a nationwide effort to create a genetically diverse inventory of stem cells for transplant to a child.