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Cord Blood Collection Process

Cord Blood Collection Process

Cord blood collection process  is simple, easy and painless.   After the birth of the baby, cut off the umbilical cord and collect the blood in the umbilical cord vein with a FDA-approved collection bag, the whole process takes about 2 to 4 minutes and will not get in contact with the mother and the baby's body. It is very safe.

Pregnant women should schedule cord blood preservation during 28 to 30 weeks of pregnancy to ensure timely collection of cord blood.

Once parents have decided to collect and store cord blood for their baby, cord blood bank staff will explain the relevant matters to the parents:  sign contracts,  provide a cord blood collection box (to be given to physicians before delivery for collection of cord blood).  Staff  will ensure umbilical cord blood to be delivered to dedicated laboratory within 24 to 36 hours of collection.

At the laboratory,  the process of  separation and detection of umbilical cord blood stem cells in maternal blood will take place.  The isolated cord blood stem cells will be placed in liquid nitrogen at-197 degrees. All the operating procedures and related information will be recorded and tracked by computer bar code system to ensure it meets the international cord blood bank standard operating procedures and quality control requirements.

Cord Blood Collection Process Overview:

  1. contact the cord blood banking (phone, Internet inquiries, fax, communications)
  2. signed contracts and consent
  3. received cord blood collection kit (including: description of collection of umbilical cord blood and consent for obstetrician to collect cord blood.)
  4. give umbilical cord blood collection box to physician before going into labor
  5. cord blood will be collected by cord blood bank staff within 24 to 36 hours of collection,  or cord blood should be sent by a family member to designated laboratory within24 to 36 hours of collection. (it varies by each cord blood bank.)
  6. cord blood cells in cord blood will be separated from maternal cells and it will be screened  for activity & infectious diseases. Should any questions or concerns arise, the mother will be notified, she will decide whether or not to continue with the cord blood storage process
  7. cryopreserved and stored in liquid nitrogen freezers
  8. parents will receive a Certificate of Cryopreservation in 6 to 8 weeks from the cord blood bank
  9. parents may have access to  preserved cord blood stem cells when needed
  10. cord blood stem cells  will be delivered to  designated locations (medical institutions) upon request