May 12, 2014

Once you and your family have made the important decision bank your baby’s cord blood with CariCord, you might be wondering about the process involved in the collection, such as the timing and how it’s completed. After enrollment, you will receive a collection kit, a “CariKit,” that contains everything you and your medical care provider will need to collect, package and ship your baby’s cord blood to CariCord’s processing center. Don’t forget to bring your kit with you when you go to the hospital!

The cord blood is what is left in the umbilical cord and placenta after the cord has been cut. There is a precious, short window of time after birth that cord blood can be collected. It must be done within minutes of the umbilical cord being clamped. It is completely safe and painless for both mother and baby.

The cord blood collection process is short and non-intrusive; typically, you will be so involved with greeting your newborn baby to the world that you don’t even notice it is happening.

First, the cord is clamped and cut in the usual way shortly after you deliver your baby. (The manner of delivery, vaginally or C-section, has no impact on the collection of your baby’s cord blood. The collection process is the same.)

Next, the cord blood is then extracted by your medical care provider by inserting a sterile needle into the umbilical vein on the section of cord that is attached to the placenta, and the blood drains into a sterile collection gravity bag containing anticoagulant.

Typically, about 60 milliliters, or 2 ounces, is collected, but the more blood that is collected, the better, because it means more stem cells will be available should they be needed in the future.

The process takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Your baby's collected unit is then transported securely in a temperature-controlled cord blood collection shipping container via a medical courier service to CariCord’s processing center. Once your baby’s cord blood reaches CariCord you will be notified of its arrival.

CariCord cord blood units are processed in a class 10,000 clean room, in an FDA-licensed facility. The cord blood is tested for viability and cell counts, along with maternal blood being tested for infectious diseases. It is then be prepared for long-term, cold and stable storage. At CariCord, our cord blood products are prepped and stored in cryo-preservation bags, which decrease the possibility of contamination. The frozen cord blood is then stored in locked, stainless steel liquid nitrogen freezers in our state-of-the-art facility.

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