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Store cord blood with us!

Once you have decided to store your child’s stem cells with Cryo-Save you can request an information pack, complete the enclosed documents, sign the contract and then return everything to us. Alternatively, you can simply order online. Then, consult the hospital or clinic where you plan to give birth and ask about the cordblood banking and cord tissue collection. Remember that the earlier you decide, the more time you will have to collect the right information about the procedure to guarantee you save cord blood efficiently with no complications.

Before delivery

You will receive our collection kit enabling your physician or midwife to collect the umbilical cord blood and/or cord tissue. Be sure to take it with you to the delivery clinic and inform the medical staff of the desired collection, making banking stem cells easy and efficient.

Immediately after birth

The sample will be picked up by a certified international courier service and taken to our state-of-the-art facility for processing. At this moment, we also carry out what is known as maternal serology testing – a legal requirement and necessary to comply with certain accreditation bodies such as AABB and FACT.

Blood is collected via the standard blood collection from the mother on the day of birth and delivered with the cord blood/tissue sample to CryoSave laboratory. The blood sample is tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 and 2 (HIV-1 and -2), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV),Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Human T-Lymphotropic virus Type 1 (HTLV-1) and Syphilis.

Performing this test means a higher level of human health protection is achieved. Prevention and possible transmission of disease from mother to child can be more easily detected thus reducing risk if disease(s) is/are present.

Sample processing and storage

In our laboratory, the sample will be processed, examined and prepared for stem cell storage. A certificate will be issued with a unique number corresponding to your baby’s stem cells.

A critical element in any successful stem cell transplantation is the number of stem cells transplanted into the patient. For current applications, which are mainly blood and blood related disorders, the stem cells needed are approximately 20-35 million Total Nucleated Cells (TNC) per kilogram body weight. However, the number of cells obtained in the collection process can fall below these limits, meaning that the sample may not be useful for treatment. In such cases, the decision to continue with storage is entirely yours. Cryo-Save monitors and participates in the latest clinical trials, in an effort to ensure that in the future, the optimum number of cells can be harvested from all samples – even those that fall below these limits.

Remember that the collection of the umbilical cord blood and cord tissue is a non-invasive and risk-free collection procedure. It’s easy, takes only a few minutes and is completely harmless to both the mother and child. The collection does not interfere with the normal delivery process.