What happens after we sign up for cord blood banking?
Cord Blood Banking Process
After you enroll, you will first need to complete some paperwork to begin the cord blood banking process– an enrollment agreement, medical questionnaire, consent form. We will send you the cord blood collection kit, which is a small box containing of the collection materials and instructions. You will bring this kit with you to the hospital, and remind hospital staff and doctor that you are saving your cord blood.
After the baby is born, the doctor will collect the cord blood and give the box back to you. Then you will simply call the phone number on the cord blood collection kit (our main number) to schedule a pickup by our expedited medical courier. The courier will confirm the hospital location and pick up the kit from your bedside at the hospital, usually within a couple of hours.
The cord blood is best kept at room temperature. Refrigeration is not good for the cells (surprisingly). On the outside, the cord blood should be processed within 72 hours of collection, but the sooner it is processed the better. The average shipping times nationwide for our medical courier are about 12 hours according to them, so we will receive the cord blood with plenty of time. The kit will then be processed and you will be notified of the collection.
If for any reason, there is a problem with the collection (for example, the doctor wasn’t able to collect a large enough number of cells), we will notify the client and give them the option of keeping or discarding the sample or discarding. If the clients opt to discard the sample, the client will not be charged. Thus, we take the risk of a poor collection out of the process. This is perhaps unfair for Americord since it is the doctor doing the collection, but it is in the best interests of our client.
Cord Blood Best Practices
Americord has the best prices and follows all of the best practices for cord blood collection and storage, including the FDA, the AABB, state and federal guidelines and applicable licenses. We use the only commercially available FDA approved sterile exterior cord blood bag that is on the market, the fastest medical courier, and the cheapest prices.
Have a kit sent to your home now so you don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to save your child’s stem cells. Remember, there are no fees until after the baby is born. Sign up online now!