If you’re considering the life-saving potential of banking your baby’s cord blood, you may be wondering exactly how the cord blood is collected.
When initially envisioning how doctors obtain stem cells from cord blood, some may think that a painful and complicated medical procedure is involved. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Collecting cord blood is actually a simple, painless, and non-invasive procedure for both the mother and the child that takes just minutes. MiracleCord is here to explain the procedure in more detail and provide you with additional information about how banking cord blood could save the life of your baby or a family member.
The Cord Blood Collection Process
The first thing to know about collecting your child’s umbilical cord blood, is that it’s not a standard procedure in the delivery room. While the process is simple, and takes less than 10 minutes in most cases, you must specifically enroll for cord blood banking in advance of going into labor, and request the procedure prior to delivery.
It is recommended that you enroll sometime in your second trimester, just in case your baby comes early, however, as long as the cord blood bank that you choose has time to ship a collection kit to you before you go into labor, the cord blood can be collected by your doctor/midwife.
Having a well thought out birth plan that includes cord blood collection and sharing it with your obstetrician/midwife is recommended to ensure that your baby’s cord blood is collected immediately after the birth of your child.
The collection process only takes a few minutes and poses no risk or pain to you or your child.
Within minutes after your baby is born the umbilical cord will be clamped and cut. Your doctor or midwife will then sanitize a section of the cord and insert the needle from the collection kit provided by your cord blood bank. The excess blood from the cord and placenta will flow into the collection bag by gravity. When the flow stops, the bag is sealed and prepared for transport to the laboratory where the cord blood is processed to extract the stem cells, and then they are stored for future use.
If you have also chosen to save your baby's cord tissue, after the cord blood has been collected, your doctor will then cut a 6 to 8 inch segment of the umbilical cord and place it inside the cord tissue collection container. A few small vials of the mother's blood will also be drawn and sent to our laboratory with the cord blood and cord tissue units.
That’s all it takes! Simple, painless, and no risk.
Why Collect Cord Blood?
Cord blood stem cells have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in over 80 hematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedures. These procedures have been shown to effectively treat a wide range of diseases from blood disorders and cancers, to immune system disorders, and metabolic disorders.
How does this work? Well, because stem cells are essentially the building blocks of our blood and immune systems, they are capable of self-renewal and regeneration. When the healthy cord blood stem cells are transplanted into an individual suffering from one of these disorders, they bond with the damaged platelets and cell tissue, allowing them to regenerate into healthy tissue.
Unlike other sources, the stem cells collected from your baby’s cord blood are guaranteed to be a perfect genetic match to your child in the event a transplant is ever needed. There is also a high probability that your baby’s cord blood will be compatible for you and your other children as well. This eliminates the risk of transplant rejection, or GVHD, for your child and substantially reduces the risk for your immediate family members.
We never know what the future holds, so if you, your child, or a family member develops one of these disorders, then storing cord blood with a private cord blood bank might be their best option for their survival and ensured quality of life.
Cord Blood Banking with Miracle Cord
MiracleCord offers a wide range of affordable cord blood banking plans to fit the budget of any family. We offer prepaid storage plans, or annual plans with a small yearly fee. With MiracleCord there are no hidden costs, and we back our cord blood banking plans with a $100,000 quality guarantee.
If you’d like to learn more about the potential benefits of banking your child’s cord blood download our Free Info Kit, or feel free to call us at 888-743-2673 and our representatives will be happy to discuss your options with you!