Stem cell banking is not just a name: it is a process where you are securing the future of our baby. The day when you have given heed towards storing the umbilical cord, your work starts from here. It is a complete process to know more about where to start.
With technological advances now is the time to ensure that your baby has a long and healthy life; by opting for umbilical cord stem cell banking.
How It Works -Process Simplified
The process is simple and non-invasive for the mother as well as the child.
When your baby is born the umbilical cord tissue and blood would be discarded as medical waste. However, if you should opt for umbilical Cord Stem Cell Banking; your doctor will make arrangements for the preservation and storage of the same.
When required the same can be retrieved and used on the request of the transplant doctor who would be undertaking the procedure to transplant the tissue.
There are some structured steps involved in the process:
If you would like to opt for Umbilical Stem Cell Banking, then it is important that you first fill in the enrolment form and receives the collection kit.
This would have all the right instruments to help you take the requisite sample at the hospital.
#2 Collect and Transport
There is no risk to your baby and the concerned caregiver at the hospital will take about ten minutes to collect the sample of umbilical tissue and blood.
The sample is then sent to the laboratory and precautions are taken to ensure that the sample does not contaminate on the way.
#3 Testing the sample collected
The sample is then tested against different infectious disease like cancer, cerebral palsy etc conditions and once proved to be healthy this is stored.
# 4 Processing
Red blood cells are removed and stem cells are retrieved from the cord blood sample. On the contrary stem cells are removed from the umbilical cord tissue.
# 5 Preservation
The samples are preserved by using cryosurgery at -150. Finally, retrieval ends the process to advantage. These cells along-with the blood preserved in the storage bank.
This storage point generally uses the term lifetime storage which is storing the cells for 15-20 year. Again you have to renew your agreement with those particular banks. Be very choosy while selecting the right storage point. Because you can not change the service provider every time and this is not advisable to shift from one bank to another may lead to the contamination of the cells.