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What is the procedure to bank stem cells?

The first thing to do is to order the stem cell collection kit. Just fill in the online request form and we will sent it out to you free of charge. If it is urgent please call to speed up the process.

After you have ordered the kit always inform your medical professional or midwife about your wish to bank your child’s stem cells. Keep the collection kit at hand and try to fill in the forms before the delivery. After the delivery you have a new life that needs your attention.

After you have given birth call us asap to collect the kit with the cord blood. If you deliver at night call us early next morning.

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1. Cord Blood collection kit

First of all you need our special cord blood collection kit which contains the blood bag and all consumables needed by the attending medical professional or midwife. Order your kit using our online form or call us at +31(0)33 465 8 222

2. Pre-birth

Always let your attending medical professional or your midwife know that you want to collect your child’s cord blood. After birth collecting cord blood is not your top of mind.

3. After birth

After the birth, if the cord blood has been preserved by the attending midwife or professional, call us at 0900 - 76 27 823 or 033 - 46 58 222 to have the package collected (see packing instruction). Until 5:00 pm the package will be picked up the same day so it is important that you call in time. The collection set should be registered as soon as possible after delivery. The sooner the better for the processing result.

4. After receipt at our laboratory

After arriving at the Swiss laboratory, the quality is checked and the cord blood is processed in the laboratory that operates according to NetcordFacts. The laboratory complies with the latest GMP guidelines. During this process, the stem cells are selected from the cord blood and collected in a special pallbag suitable for storage at very low temperatures.

5. Freezing process

The special cryogenic two compartment bag is individually packed in a separate aluminum container showing the barcode that is unique for your child’s cells. By adding special components the stem cells are protected to withstand the controlled freezing process and ultra low temperatures.

6. Freezing & banking

Using a controlled rate freezing procedure that takes 59 minutes the stem cells are frozen and ready for long time storage. The aluminum cassettes are stored in large cryogenic containers traceable on name, barcode, position, tower and container.

Delayed clamping

We get a lot of questions about delayed clamping. “Can we bank stem cells even after delayed clamping” “Is it not better for the child” “Is it not better to bank stem cells” etc.

The scientific discussion once was primarily about A: Immediate clamping or B: exercise a delay for 10 to 20 seconds before clamping.

These days midwifes sometimes suggest to delay clamping upto 30 minutes. An important scientific research concluded as follows: The time of delayed cord clamping is a matter of controversy: Yao et al. showed that the first, and most significant, placental transfusion occurs 10 to 15 seconds after delivery (Figure 1), followed by a period of insignificant gain of blood at 30 and 45 seconds” ( ispub.com/IJPN/11/2/13641)

SCBN does not interfere with the decision you make together with the acting medical professional but one to two minutes, if you choose to do so, is more than sufficient.

Long term banking

After the stem cells have been isolated and frozen the aluminum container is placed in a specially designed cryogenic tank. The tank is connected to an automated system that continuously keeps track of the temperature and automatically adds liquid nitrogin when needed. The containers are monitered 24/7.

The alumimum cassets with the child’s stem cells are traceablewith the unique barcode. The cassettes position in the tank is traceable per position, per rack, per tower and per container.

Stem Cell Bank is the only one to have a "Pay as you go" system. You pay for the service and secure storage quarterly, and not 20 years in advance as with other certified banks.