Cryo-Cell's cord blood collection kit
While banking cord blood is a new experience for many parents, it is a simple process. After all, most mothers are worried about how the delivery will go and don’t want to also be worried about the details of collecting, processing and cryopreserving their baby’s stem cells. Thankfully, the healthcare provider and the cord blood bank do most of the work:
- The cord blood bank sends you a collection kit. Kits like ours just need to be stored at room temperature.
- The collection kit goes with the expecting parents to the delivery center.
- Upon admission, the mother’s blood is collected to be tested for any infectious diseases as mandated by federal regulations.
- Upon birth but before the placenta is delivered, the healthcare provider will clamp and cut the umbilical cord as normal. It is here that the healthcare provider will extract the cord blood from the umbilical cord.
- There is absolutely no pain or risk to the mother or child during the collection process.
- The collection bag with the baby’s cord blood and the vials with the mother’s blood are placed back inside the collection kit.
- Parents call a toll-free number on the collection kit to have medical courier—any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week—arrange for its transportation to the cord blood bank.
Delayed cord clamping
The parents who make the decision to store their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue are thinking ahead, wanting to do right from the start (even before the start), and taking steps to do whatever they can to protect their baby down the road. Today, many conscientious parents are also considering delayed cord clamping (DCC), a practice in which the umbilical cord is not clamped immediately but rather after it continues to pulse for an average of 30 seconds to 180 seconds. Many parents don’t realize that they can delay the clamping of the cord and still bank their baby’s cord blood.
Read more delayed cord clamping.
Premium cord blood processing: PrepaCyte®-CB
An advanced, premium processing method goes hand in hand with delayed cord clamping. Called PrepaCyte®-CB, it yields the highest number of stem cells (what you want) while showing the greatest reduction in red blood cells (what you don't). In addition to being the premier processing method, it is essential to being able to delay the cord clamping and cord blood bank. Because of the delay in clamping, a smaller quantity of cord blood is collected, so the quality of that cord blood needs to make up for the decrease in quantity. The PrepaCyte® cord blood processing is the best method to ensure that you can collect your baby’s cord blood stem cells and delay the clamping of the cord.
Read more about PrepaCyte®-CB.
Processing and cryopreservation
Upon arrival at the bank, the cord blood is tested for microbiological contamination, and the mother’s blood is tested for infectious diseases. Cord blood is then processed to reduce the number of red blood cells and isolate the stem cells. These cells are then mixed with a cryo-protectant and stored in a cryo-bag. We overwrap our bags for added protection and use a technique called "controlled-rate freezing" to prepare the cells for long-term storage. The overwrapped cryo-bag is housed in a protective metal cassette and placed in vapor phase nitrogen freezer for long-term preservation.
Read more about Cryo-Cell’s banking process.