The process is simple. The procedure is completely safe, painless and non-invasive. It is taken immediately after your baby is born, and takes only five minutes after the umbilical cord is cut and clamped. It does not interrupt the birth experience.
After your baby is born, but before the placenta is delivered, your OB/GYN or midwife cleans a 4 to 8 inch area of umbilical cord with antiseptic
solution and inserts the blood bag needle into the umbilical vein. The blood flows into the bag by gravity and then is clamped, sealed and labelled. The collection typically takes 2 to 4 minutes. Two tubes of maternal blood are also drawn.
For the processing and cryopreservation of cord blood LifeBank uses operating procedures followed by the majority of private and public cord blood banks worldwide.
Following the delivery of the cord blood at LifeBank’s premises, the quantity of the blood collected is measured. The sample undergoes a series of tests in order to establish the sutability of the blood for cryopreservation. If the sample is found unsuitable for cryopreservation then the parents are notified.
If the sample is found suitable for cryopreservation then LifeBank proceeds with the processing of the sample. Using standard operating procedures the Red blood cells and plasma are removed and the remaining sample is transferred in a special cryocyte bag for storage (volume reduction).
With the use of specialised equipment the cryopreservation of the samples is achieved by control rate freezing. The cryopreservation of cord blood by control rate freezing is probably the most important requirement in order to ensure the viability of the cells and their percentage of recovery in case there needed for use.
The samples are stored in special liquid nitrogen tanks. In these tanks liquid nitrogen is only present at the perimeter and the samples are stored in nitrogen vapour phase instead of being sunk in liduid nitrogen (isothermal storage system). This is important for preserving the same temperature in all levels of the tank and thus ensuring that the samples are safe and better protected.