Cord blood and cord tissue collection is simple, painless and poses no risk to mother or baby.
After the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, your doctor will sanitize a small section of the cord and insert the collection bag needle. The excess blood that had remained in the placenta and umbilical cord after your baby's birth will flow into the collection bag by gravity. When the flow stops, the collection bag is sealed, labeled and ready for transport to the laboratory.
If you have also chosen to save your baby's cord tissue, your doctor will then cut a 6 to 8 inch segment of the umbilical cord and place it inside the cord tissue collection container.
Four small vials of the mother's blood will also be drawn and sent to our laboratory with the cord blood and cord tissue units.
Yes. There is no risk or pain to mother or baby.
The collection process occurs after your baby is born and the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut. It does not interfere with the delivery or care of your newborn.
Cord Blood 2.0™ is a marketing term used by Americord®. Their claims that they can collect up to twice as many stem cells as other cord blood banks are completely unfounded and unfortunately can be very misleading to expecting parents.
MiracleCord and Americord both use the exact same FDA approved, sterile cord blood collection bag manufactured by Pall Corporation.
All other conditions being equal (gestation period, birth weight, delayed cord clamping and collecting doctor's skill level, to name a few), the amount of cord blood that can be collected using MiracleCord's StemCare® cord blood collection kit and Americord's collection kit will be identical.
Americord and Cord Blood 2.0 are registered trademarks of Americord Registry LLC.
Yes, however in order to achieve best results with cord blood banking, it is recommended that you ask your doctor/midwife to limit the delayed cord clamping to a maximum time of 30 seconds after birth. Learn more.
Your MiracleCord StemCare® collection kit includes an FDA approved sterile cord blood collection bag that is safe for use in the sterile field, should you deliver by C-section.
No. MiracleCord's collection materials are Heparin-free.
The FDA-approved cord blood collection bag used by MiracleCord contains the anticoagulant Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CDP). Learn more.
MiracleCord's StemCare® collection kit utilizes an FDA approved, sterile cord blood collection bag.
Your MiracleCord StemCare® thermal collection kit will be sent to you as soon as you enroll.
Any delay until processing your baby's cord blood and cord tissue can result in a significant loss of viable stem cells.
Studies have shown that cord blood processed within 12 hours of collection yields considerably more viable stem cells.1
Nearly half of the stem cells collected lose their viability when cord blood is processed 24 hours after collection.
MiracleCord has the unique ability to process your baby's cord blood and cord tissue within 12 hours of collection with our exclusive TimeCritical® processing.2
Shortly after your baby's cord blood and cord tissue have been collected, call 888-917-7447 to let us know your StemCare® collection kit is ready for pick up.
Our direct medical courier service is available 24/7/365 to retrieve your baby's specimens from your hospital room and deliver them safely to our laboratory for processing.
MiracleCord only uses a direct medical courier service that will not transfer custody of your baby's cord blood and cord tissue to a conventional shipping carrier.
Many companies that advertise the use of a medical courier service will have the medical courier drop-off your baby's specimens at a FedEx® or UPS® location near your birthing facility, and the conventional shipping company will then handle the transport to their lab.
Conventional shipping carriers such as FedEx and UPS are not temperature-controlled and could delay cord blood processing by 48 hours or more. Both factors can result in a significant loss of stem cell viability.
FedEx is a registered trademark of Federal Express Corporation; UPS is a registered trademark of United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
No. Cord blood and cord tissue should be kept at room temperature from the time of collection until the time the specimens are processed at our laboratory.
Exposure to high or low temperatures can result in a significant loss of stem cell viability.
The combination of MiracleCord's specially designed StemCare® collection kit with built-in thermal stabilizers, and the utilization of our direct medical courier service ensures that your baby's cord blood and cord tissue will be kept at a consistent temperature from your hospital room to our laboratory.
Some doctors charge a small fee for the cord blood and cord tissue collection procedure, which may be covered by your insurance company.