Frequently Asked Questions
About cord blood:
Q: Why should I store my baby's umbilical cord blood?
Q: Why are cord blood's cells so special?
Q: Is my child the only one who can use this blood?
The collection process:
Q: What is the procedure for collecting the cord blood?
Q: Is the collection procedure painful or harmful to mother or child?
Q: What choices do I have in shipping?

The processing of cord blood:
Q: What tests are done on the blood?
Q: How much blood is stored?
Q: How is the cord blood stored?
Q: Is it true that by not removing red blood cells, the stem cells will be damaged?

More about Newborn Blood Banking:
Q: How is your company different from other cord blood banks?
Q: Why store whole blood?
Q: What is the storage facility like?
Q: How stable is your company?
The future of umbilical cord blood:
Q: How long can cord blood be preserved?
Q: What is the future of cord blood?
Registering:
Q: How do I get my registration forms and collection kit?
Q: What should I do before my baby is born?
 

Q: Why should I store my baby's umbilical cord blood?

A. Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells, the building blocks to all other cells in the blood and immune system. These valuable cells can now be cryogenically preserved as a form of "biological insurance." Top

Q: Why are the cord blood's cells so special?

A: While stem cells are the same disease-fighting cells normally found in bone marrow, umbilical cord blood's stem cells are immature cells, less immunologically selective than those of marrow stem cells. Your baby's umbilical cord blood is a perfect match for your child, and carries no risk of rejection. Rejection is the number one complication for unrelated transplants. It is immediately available if ever needed, there is no need to search for a donor. Top

Q: Is my child the only one who can use this blood?

A: No. Cord blood is also insurance for other family members.*  The child's cord blood may be used for the mother of the child (ex: women who develop breast or gynecological cancers), or possibly for other children in the same family. Many children's lives have been saved by the cord blood from their newborn brothers or sisters. *The blood is stored as autologous and FDA may require additional testing Top

Q: What is the procedure for collecting the cord blood?

A: It is a simple and painless blood draw from the umbilical cord after the cord has been cut. Newborn Blood Banking uses sterile anticoagulated syringes to reduce the risk of contamination. Your physician or midwife will be given instructions with the blood collection kit. Top

Q: Is the collection procedure painful or harmful to mother or child?

A: No. There is no pain or risk involved. The procedure is a simple blood draw done from the umbilical cord. This is done after the baby has been separated from the cord and prior to the delivery of the placenta. Top

Q: What choices do I have in shipping?

A: We let our customers choose to ship their newborn's blood either FedEx or Air Net.  Both of these companies will send a courier to your hospital room. Air Net specializes in biological shipments.  Cost varies with each company and is not included in our prices. Top

Q: What tests are done on the blood?

A: The maternal blood is tested for syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV. HLA typing is not normally done at the time of processing and would be done to a sample to confirm compatibility between a recipient and a donor, if other than the baby. This testing would be done as part of a physician ordered transplant work-up and should be reimbursed by insurance. Top

Q: How much blood is stored?

A: Newborn Blood Banking will store up to 120 cc. of collected whole blood. There is no additional fees for large draws. In addition, a 1cc sample is stored separately for HLA typing purposes. Top

Q: How is the cord blood stored?

A: Newborn Blood Banking stores the whole blood in bags. There are fewer steps involved when handling bags. A 1cc sample is stored for future testing purposes so that the entire blood sample does not need to be defrosted. The cord blood is labeled with three identifying markers and then slowly frozen at a controlled rate in a programmable liquid nitrogen freezer. It is then immersed in liquid nitrogen where it is kept at a constant temperature of -196 degrees Celsius and stored in a monitored cryogenic freezer. The freezer requires no electrical power because the liquid nitrogen freezes the blood; therefore, power outages pose no problem. Top

Q: Is it true that by not removing the red blood cells, the stem cells will be damaged?

A: No, it is not true that the red cells in whole blood damage the stem cells.  Newborn Blood Banking stores whole blood in order to maximize the number of stem cells that are cryopreserved.  Studies have shown that there is no difference in manipulated blood and whole blood.  In fact, high red blood cell counts in cord blood are shown to engraft faster than units lacking red blood cells.  Please see the link Why Choose Newborn Blood Banking for more information and documentation. Top

Q: How is your company different from other cord blood banks?

A: The main difference is that Newborn Blood Banking stores whole blood, which results is less damage to stem cells. We also use a sterile syringe method for collection and blood bags (as opposed to vials) for storage. Please see the link Why Choose Newborn Blood Banking for more information and documentation. Top

Q: Why store whole blood?

A: Because the blood is not washed to just stem cells, the blood is handled less, and therefore, more viable. The processing is the same as for bone marrow, using the same cryopreservative. If a transfusion were to take place, it would be a whole blood to whole blood transfusion. Top

Q: What is the storage facility like?

A: The storage facility and laboratory  is owned, not leased.  Newborn Blood Banking stores only cord blood in their cryogenic freezers. Top

Q: How stable is your company?

A: The company is privately owned and operated. The owner has his own child's cord blood stored in the same cryogenic freezer as his customers. He has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1954. Newborn Blood Banking has been storing cord blood since 1997 and stores only cord blood. Top

Q: How long can cord blood be preserved?

A: The first transplanted cord blood occurred in 1988. Because cord blood research is so new, further studies are ongoing. It is believed that because stem cells have much the same properties as sperm cells, their viability would be similar: greater than fifty years. Top

Q: What is the future of cord blood?

A: The uses of cord blood seem countless. There are continuing areas of stem cell technology research. Cord blood shows promise in gene therapy where defective genes are replaced with functional genes for diseases such as AIDS, Hemophilia and many other diseases. Top

Q: How do I get my registration forms and collection kit?

A: Please give us a call, toll free at 888-948-2673 to request a registration folder. We also can email or fax the registration forms. Payment of the registration fees can be done over the phone using a major credit card. When we receive your registration payment and signed contracts, we will send you the collection kit. Top

Q: What should I do before my baby is born?

A: Talk to your doctor about your desire to store your child's cord blood. Make sure your have completed all of your prenatal testing for HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis. Complete and send your registration forms. When you receive your kit, read over all the material and pack it in your suitcase, keeping it at room temperature to take to the hospital. Top

 

 

 
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