Umbilical Cord Blood Private Banking
Each year, thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses where umbilical cord blood transplantation serves as an optimal form of treatment. Umbilical cord blood stem cells can assist in rebuilding a healthy immune system damaged by disease. Cord blood has been used in the treatment of nearly 80 different diseases. The decision to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood, may potentially save the life of your baby or a sibling facing a life-threatening disease in the future.
The process of collecting the umbilical cord blood is painless and safe for both the mother and the baby. It requires 3 to 5 minutes to collect and does not interfere with the bonding time between mother and baby. Once the cord blood is collected, it is tested in our laboratory to ensure that all quality standards are met, and to assess the total volume collected and the concentration of stem cells. The cord blood is then frozen until it is needed by a transplant candidate.
Umbilical Cord Blood Donating
Thousands of critically ill patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma are in urgent need of a life-saving transplant. Umbilical cord blood, which is typically thrown away, is rich with the blood-forming cells that can give blood cancer patients hope for a cure. Donating your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank can help patients get the transplants they need.
EUCYT maintains the highest safety and quality-assurance standards for the collection and processing of the donated birth tissue. The cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a healthy, full term delivery.
- Donors are evaluated for communicable diseases and screened for medical and social risk factors.
- Donors are negative or non-reactive for: HIV 1 & 2, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, HTLV, and West Nile virus, as well as check for bacterial and fungal contamination.
- Testing is performed by a CLIA-registered lab, using FDA-approved testing kits and procedures.
Safe and Secure
We follow rigorous FDA standards for safety in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Tissue Practices.
Once the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. A needle is then inserted into the umbilical cord by the physician, and the remaining blood is collected.
After you Donate
The private donation is tested in our laboratory and it is processed according to FDA, AABB, AATB, and CLIA standards.