April 10, 2015

“What is stem cell research?” you may be wondering. “How does it relate to cord blood banking?”

These are great questions. Stem cells are specialized cells that have the ability to reproduce and form new blood cells. They can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including many different types of leukemia, metabolic disorders, and blood disorders, such as anemia treatment. Cord blood is a very rich source of these stem cells.

There are two primary types of umbilical cord blood banking: public and private. Either of these services can be chosen during one’s stages of pregnancy. Because cord blood collection takes place during the birth of your child, you can think about whether cord blood banking is right for you during your beginning pregnancy stages, and make a decision later on. Public cord blood banking is essentially a donation of your child’s cord blood, which can potentially save lives. Private umbilical cord blood banking allows you to save your child’s cells in our secure repository for future use for that child or a sibling.

When you make the decision to use CariCord’s private cord blood banking service during any of the stages of pregnancy, you can enroll online or via phone. We will send you a collection kit, which contains detailed instructions for both you and your healthcare provider. As a courtesy to your doctor, we will also send them a memo to inform them that the cord blood collection is taking place. Your healthcare provider will take care of the collection, which is quick and painless for your child.

Once the umbilical cord blood collection has taken place, the kit will be given back to you. Simply call the number included in your instructional emails (it also appears on the side of the collection kit), and we’ll take care of the shipping. We only use experienced medical couriers, so you can rest assured that your child’s cord blood will arrive safely at our lab for processing. Once we receive your kit, we will advise you that it’s here (Via email), to ensure you that it has arrived safely. We will then begin processing your child’s cord blood, which will be stored in our FDA approved, state-of-the-art facility once it has been processed.

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