Congratulations! You have made the decision to store your baby’s precious stem cells.
Now that you’ve taken the first step and decided to store the cord blood and tissue stem cells, you’re probably wondering what comes next? We’ll explain just how easy it is…
Step 1: Enrol online
This once in a lifetime gift starts with an enrolment form, contact us.
It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the form and requires input from both the mother and the father of the child. It is important to answer all questions on the form truthfully and accurately, especially those related to your medical information. The Cryo-Save laboratory will use this data exclusively to determine suitability for storage and potential transplantation. This data is stored securely and according to international standards. The following information is required:
doctor / gynaecologist / midwife’s information
hospital’s details (for hospital deliveries)
banking information for debit order
Step 2: The collection kit
Once the collection fee/deposit has been paid, your collection kit will be dispatched and delivered directly to you. This kit must be added to your hospital bag and taken along on the day of your baby’s birth.
The collection kit is assigned a unique identification number and contains the sterile collection bag for the blood and the sterile container for the cord tissue, packaging bags, security seal, as well as the relevant forms and instructions. It is important not to break the seal of the kit as the doctor/midwife will verify the integrity of the contents before the delivery of your baby.
Once collected, everything will be closed in an insulated casing validated for the transport, according to applicable international standards.
Step 3: Discuss the stem cell collection with your healthcare professional
It is important to discuss the collection process with your doctor or midwife before the time. The volume of blood collected will influence the storage directly. A minimum of 75g is required and anything less cannot be processed. The 75g consists of 25ml cord blood and 21ml anti-coagulant. The doctor can collect cord blood from the umbilical cord before the placenta is delivered as well as after the placenta is delivered. Doing the collection both in- and ex-utero will increase the chances of a successful collection, processing and storage significantly.
Step 4: The collection
On the day of the birth simply take your Cryo-Save or Salveo collection kit with you to the hospital and give it to the healthcare professional performing the procedure.
After your baby is born, the umbilical cord will be clamped and cut, while the placenta will be delivered a few minutes later. The cord blood collection takes place before and/or after the placenta is delivered. Ideally, 75-150 g of cord blood must be collected and about 20cm of cord tissue. The collection does not interfere in any way with the care given to the mother and baby.
The doctor or midwife must complete the Collection Record Form (supplied in the kit) and Mom needs to sign the form as well.
Step 5: Packaging and transportation
The collected cord blood and cord tissue are packed according to instruction in the collection kit. You contact us to collect the kit from your bedside for safe transport to the processing laboratory. Remember to include the Collection Record Form in the kit.
After the birth, a designated nurse will collect blood from mom. This is used to test for infectious diseases and the test tubes will also be packed in the kit for transportation to the lab.
The process is safe, easy and pain free. In the next blog, we will be covering why it is important to complete the medical forms in full.