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How to choose a cord blood bank

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After birth, blood is drawn from the umbilical cord. This is a simple procedure which doesn’t not cause any pain to the baby or the mother.

Three types of cells can be collected at the birth of a child: stem cells from umbilical cord blood; stem cells from umbilical cord tissue; and stem cells from the placenta.

At the birth healthcare providers will have a fully validated stem cell collection kit, which is easy to use, and does not require any special temperature-controlled environment.

It takes only a few minutes to collect the stem cells in cord blood: the umbilical cord is clamped, wiped with an antiseptic and a needle is inserted in a vein in the umbilical cord, drawing out a few ounces of blood.

This blood can be kept at room temperature for up to 72 hours from collection, providing time for it to be shipped to a laboratory for processing. The cord blood is placed in a special stem cell transportation kit and a courier will take it to a stem cell storage facility.

When it arrives at the laboratory, the cord is processed and stored according to validated scientific protocol. Once this is done, it is cryogenically frozen, leaving the stem cells secure in a cord blood bank where, they will be viable for use for decades to come.

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