Do they provide the option of collecting additional stem cells from the placenta or tissue of the umbilical cord?
The cord blood collection kit includes a sterile collection cup if you choose to store the umbilical cord tissue. At this time we do not currently offer placenta storage, but are looking at adding this service in the near future.
Will the cord blood company actively contact the labor and delivery staff for you or are parents responsible for keeping them informed and coordinated?
Utah Cord Bank recommends that you inform your healthcare provider of your intentions to collect your child’s cord blood; they will generally note it in your file. It is your responsibility to bring the collection kit with you to the hospital.
What collection method do they use: gravity drip or blood draw?
Our cord blood collection bag is gravity drip. It takes on average about 7-9 minutes for the blood to drain out of the cord blood into the blood bag.
What tests does the lab perform on maternal blood?
For private banking, the lab does not require maternal blood samples to be drawn for testing; we will use current prenatal blood test results from mom. There is a form in the kit, that mom takes to her physician and they will sign off that mom has been tested for HIV 1&2, RPR (Syphilis), HCV and HbsASg. All these tests are routinely performed on mom throughout her pregnancy.
What tests does the lab perform to measure the stem cell count of the processed cord blood and the stem cell viability?
Cord blood is analyzed for Total Nucleated Cell (TNC) count, CD34+ count (Hematopoietic stem cell count) and 7-AAD for viability.
Does the lab/bank inform parents, prior to storage, if the collection is too small for a transplant, and give them the option not to save it?
If the cord blood falls below standard volume and total nucleated cell count, Utah Cord Bank will contact the parents and allow them to make the decision on whether they would like to store their child’s cord blood or have it discarded.
Does the lab/bank offer parents a refund if the cord blood collection has certain problems (contamination, low volume)?
These refunds are typically only offered if the bank performed the collection as part of their service. If a sample is not viable to store, all monies are refunded, less $150.
What information will parents receive in the final report about their stored cord blood?
Parents will receive a certificate of storage with all the test results. We encourage parents to store the Certificate of Storage with their child’s important medical records.
What other medical services does the company perform?
Utah Cord Bank does cord blood banking and umbilical cord tissue for private storage, as well as manufacture cutting-edge regenerative medicines that have shown to enhance health, effects on Anti-aging, rapid wound care, increased sexual health and many other benefits.