Choosing to store your child’s stem cells is an important and potentially life-saving decision. This precious gift can only be given once and therefore it is important to do everything possible to ensure a successful collection. Discuss the cord blood collection process with your healthcare professional, and especially the option to combine in- and ex-utero collection methods.

Reasons why the collection may not be successful

There are three main reasons why a cord blood collection may not be successful:

  • An insufficient amount of blood may be collected.
  • A lower-than-usual amount of blood may be collected and the stem cell count in the collection is very low.
  • The sample may be contaminated with a bacteria at the time of the collection.

In order for a cord blood stem cell transplant to be successful, there needs to be a sufficient number stem cells in the collection. The number of stem cells is, in general, directly proportional to the amount of blood collected. Usually, at least 80ml of blood can be collected from the cord of a full-term infant from an in-utero collection. Additional ex-utero collection can be performed to increase the total volume collected.

There are a number of medical and physiological reasons why a sufficient volume of umbilical cord blood is not able to be collected. This may occur, for example, in low birth-weight infants and in situations of delayed clamping of the umbilical cord.

What happens if the collection is unsuccessful

If a cord blood or cord tissue collection has not been successful, the Cryo-Save Medical Director will contact you telephonically and will discuss the reason(s) for the unsuccessful collection with you. Please bear in mind that the various blood tests, stem cell counts and blood cultures are performed, on Cryo-Save’s behalf, by a Private Pathology Laboratory. It takes some time to obtain and collate the results, particularly the blood culture results, and you will only be contacted approximately 10 days after the birth of your baby.

Cryo-Save will let you know what the adjusted fee/refund will be if the cord blood and/or cord tissue collection was not successful. If you would like any additional information, or would like to discuss the collection, processing and testing procedure with the Cryo-Save Medical Director, please contact Cryo-Save on 087 8080 170.

What happens if the collection is unsuccessful

If a cord blood or cord tissue collection has not been successful, the Cryo-Save Medical Director will contact you telephonically and will discuss the reason(s) for the unsuccessful collection with you. Please bear in mind that the various blood tests, stem cell counts and blood cultures are performed, on Cryo-Save’s behalf, by a Private Pathology Laboratory. It takes some time to obtain and collate the results, particularly the blood culture results, and you will only be contacted approximately 10 days after the birth of your baby.

Cryo-Save will let you know what the adjusted fee/refund will be if the cord blood and/or cord tissue collection was not successful. If you would like any additional information, or would like to discuss the collection, processing and testing procedure with the Cryo-Save Medical Director, please contact Cryo-Save on 087 8080 170.