The collection of cord blood is carried out after the birth of a child, after the umbilical cord is tied and cut. Collection is performed by the obstetrician or trained medical staff.
The collection of umbilical cord tissue occurs immediately after the collection of cord blood. The umbilical cord is disinfected in a physiological solution and stored in a collection container.
Collection of the placenta takes place after its delivery; it is disinfected and placed in a collection bag.
The collection itself is safe and pain-free both for the newborn and the mother.
All collections can also be formed in non-standard birth situations such Cesarean section, epidural anesthesia, water birth, premature birth, mothers with diabetic diseases or gestosis.
Transport of collected material
Cord blood, cord tissue and placenta together with maternal blood samples and appropriate documentation are prepared in the maternity ward and transported to the laboratory by licensed transport service in special insulated boxes.
Processing and storage
The collected cord blood, cord tissue and placenta are processed in specialized laboratories. The processing laboratories are subject to very strict safety and hygiene measures. Processing is carried out by qualified personnel in laminar boxes. After checking the quality of the material it is frozen to a temperature of -180 to – 196 ° C and placed in a biological container in which it is stored long-term.
Processing of cord blood is carried out worldwide by many methods. Some companies only separate the stem cells, significantly reducing the resulting volume of precious biological material. Cord Blood Center Group, on the basis of scientific knowledge does not use reduction methods, since this leads to the loss of up to 40% of the cells. The exact role of certain types of stem cells contained in the umbilical cord blood is not known even now but we are confident that in the future they could find application in various types of treatment. That’s why we use the method which has been used in the USA for a long time, which is proven by years of practice and allows us to freeze the entire collection of umbilical cord blood, separating only part of the unnecessary plasma.