Step By Step Guide to Banking
Saving your baby’s precious cord blood and cord tissue with Cells4Life is simple. Here’s a short step by step guide to banking umbilical cord stem cells to help you get started.
1. Fill out the storage agreement
Call us to schedule an appointment and one of our cord blood specialists will meet with you to give the storage agreement that you need to fill out. This is a legal document so please read carefully before you sign on it and ask us any questions you may have.
2. Collect your collection kit
Once you submitted the completed storage agreement and paid the initial deposit, we’ll give you a cord blood (+cord tissue) collection kit that you should bring to the hospital on your due date.
3. Advise your doctor or midwife
Don’t forget to let your doctor or midwife know that you would like to collect your baby’s cord blood (and cord tissue) so they can do it right after the birth of your baby.
Collection, Shipping & Storage
4. Bring your collection kit
On your delivery day, bring the cord blood (+cord tissue) collection kit with you to the hospital. We advise that you keep the collection kit beside other materials that you need to bring so that you won’t forget about it.
5. Collecting the cord blood (and cord tissue)
When your baby is born, the doctor or midwife will perform the collection using the materials provided in the Cells4Life collection kit. The instructions on how to use the kit is also included.
6. Call your Cells4Life representative
Call us when the cord blood (and cord tissue) has been collected so that we can check that everything is in order and help you arrange for the courier pick-up.
7. Shipping the cord blood (and cord tissue)
The cord blood (and cord tissue) sample is shipped using the same collection kit. Our kit has a unique built-in cooling device that keeps the sample in good condition during transportation.
8. Initial testing
The cord blood (and cord tissue) sample is tested as soon as received at the lab. Within 3-5 working days, you will receive a report of the initial testing results via SMS and email.
9. Testing certificate
Once all testing is done (usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks) and the balance amount is paid, you will receive the printed testing certificate. Your child’s umbilical cord stem cells will remain stored in our UK lab until required for use.