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Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Collection and Processing - FAQs

How are cord blood and cord tissue collected?

Cord blood and cord tissue collection is simple, painless and poses no risk to mother or baby. After the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, your doctor will sanitize a small section of the cord and insert the collection bag needle. The excess blood that had remained in the placenta and umbilical cord after your baby's birth will flow into the collection bag by gravity. When the flow stops, the collection bag is sealed, labeled and ready for transport to the lab. If you have also chosen to save your baby's cord tissue, your doctor will then cut the umbilical cord from the placenta and place it inside the cord tissue transport container. Three small vials of the mother's blood will also be drawn and sent to the lab with the cord blood and cord tissue units.

Is the process safe for my baby?

Yes. The collection process occurs after your baby is born and the umbilical cord has been cut. It does not interfere with the delivery or care of your newborn.

How do I get a MiracleCord StemCare™ thermal cord blood and cord tissue collection kit?

Your MiracleCord StemCare thermal collection kit will be sent to you as soon as you enroll. Click here to Enroll Online, or call 1-888-743-2673 and a customer service representative will be happy to assist you.

If delayed cord clamping is part of my birth plan, can my baby's cord blood be collected and banked?

Yes, however MiracleCord recommends that you limit delayed umbilical cord clamping to a maximum time of 30-60 seconds after birth (which is the time of delay recommended by ACOG, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, for vigorous term and preterm infants1). Delays in umbilical cord clamping can adversely affect the amount of cord blood that can be collected, which directly impacts stem cell count, a critical factor related to transplant success and patient survival rate.

1 The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Retrieved February 2, 2017 from The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: ACOG Recommends Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping for All Healthy Infants: http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2016/Delayed-Umbilical-Cord-Clamping-for-All-Healthy-Infants.

What if I have a C-section?

Your MiracleCord StemCare™ collection kit includes an FDA approved sterile cord blood collection bag, which is safe for use in the sterile field, should you deliver by C-section.

Will my baby's cord blood be collected in a bag or a vial?

MiracleCord only uses bags for cord blood collection. For any lab to maintain AABB accreditation, small portions of the cord blood specimen must be "integrally attached" to the main collection. This requirement strongly favors the use of collection bags rather than vials.

Does MiracleCord use Heparin in any collection materials?

No. MiracleCord does not use Heparin in any of our collection materials.

MiracleCord only uses the anticoagulant Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CDP) in our collection bags.

Serious injuries and deaths have been associated with the use of Heparin.1 The use of Heparin could also lead to the formation of blood clots, which could render your baby's cord blood unsuitable for processing.

1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2010 from U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Information on Heparin: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm112597.htm.

What is TimeCritical™ processing?

Studies have shown that cord blood processed within 12 hours of collection yields a significantly greater number of viable stem cells.1 Nearly half of the stem cells collected lose their viability when cord blood is processed 24 hours after collection.

MiracleCord has the unique ability to process your baby's cord blood and cord tissue within 12 hours of collection.2

1 Shlebak AA, Marley SB, Roberts IAG, Davidson RJ, Goldman JM, Gordon MY. 1999. Optimal timing for processing and cryopreservation of umbilical cord hematopoietic stem cells for clinical transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation 23: 131-136.

2 MiracleCord has the ability to process cord blood specimens within 12 hours of collection, subject to certain conditions beyond MiracleCord's control.

How will my baby's cord blood and cord tissue get to MiracleCord's lab?

Shortly after your baby's cord blood and cord tissue have been collected, call 1-888-917-7447 to let us know your StemCare™ collection kit is ready for pick up. Our partner medical courier will retrieve your baby's cord blood and cord tissue from your hospital room and deliver them safely to our lab for processing.

How is MiracleCord's private medical courier service different?

MiracleCord only uses a direct medical courier service, without transferring custody of your baby's cord blood and cord tissue to a commercial shipping company.

Many companies that advertise the use of a medical courier to pick up cord blood units, will transfer custody of those specimens to a commercial shipping carrier, such as FedEx® and UPS®.

Commercial shipping carriers are not temperature-controlled and could delay cord blood processing by 48 hours or more. Both factors can result in a significant loss of stem cell viability.

Should my baby's cord blood and cord tissue be refrigerated after they have been collected?

No. Cord blood and cord tissue should be kept at room temperature from the time of collection to the time they are processed. Exposure to high or low temperatures can result in a significant loss of stem cell viability. The combination of MiracleCord's specially designed StemCare thermal collection kit and private medical courier service ensures that your baby's cord blood and cord tissue will be kept at a consistent temperature from your hospital room to our lab.

Will my doctor charge a fee for the collection process?

Some doctors charge a small fee for the cord blood and cord tissue collection procedure, which may be covered by your insurance company.