Safe, Quick, and Painless Collection
Cord blood and cord tissue collection is a very simple process that poses no risk to you or your baby. It is important to make your decision about banking prior to your delivery date so you can properly prepare, but it is an incredibly easy process that NECBB makes even easier for you. Once you enroll, we will ship you a cord blood collection kit prior to your baby’s delivery date. Inform your doctor or midwife of your collection plan ahead of time, then simply bring the kit to the hospital for them to collect the cord blood after you deliver.
Here’s how it works:
Immediately after delivery (as with any birth) the umbilical cord is clamped and the baby is separated from the cord. At this point, the needle attached to the collection bag is inserted into the vein of the umbilical cord and the blood, drawn by gravity, then flows into the collection bag. Our FDA approved, heparin-free collection bags are sterile for both c-section and vaginal births and are simple for the doctor to use. If you also decide to collect the cord tissue, the umbilical cord is cleaned, a small segment is placed into the provided collection jar, and it is sent back to our lab with the cord blood bag. Three tubes of maternal blood are also collected, either before or after the birth, and sent back to our lab as well for required testing.
Transporting to our Lab:
NECBB Makes it Easy for Families
After the collection process has been completed, your medical staff will place the filled collection bag (following the kit’s instructions) back into the original collection box. If cord tissue was collected, the jar holding the segment will also be placed back into the box (again following instructions provided). Include all necessary paperwork in the box and seal it to prepare it for one of two very simple shipping methods:
Medical Courier: if your hospital is within 50 miles of our Marlborough, Massachusetts laboratory, our on-staff medical courier will come right to your room to pick up your kit.
Medical FedEx: if you are one of our many customers outside of the Greater Boston area, you will have a pre-paid overnight FedEx label affixed to the bottom of your kit. When it is ready to ship, simply call 1-800-GO-FEDEX and they will also come to your hospital room to pick it up and ship it overnight to our lab. When holidays or weekends may delay shipping, an alternative courier will be used and additional costs will apply.
Its that simple!
Cord blood and cord tissue should always be kept at room temperature. They are safe to remain in the collection kit for up to 72 hours prior to arriving for processing at our lab. We will notify you when your kit arrives, and be available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have throughout the entire process. Our goal is to make the process as seamless as possible for you (one of the main qualities we are known for).
Accessing Cord Blood if Needed
Banking cord blood with us is about peace of mind – knowing you have something so valuable stored securely and ready for you to access easily. Ideally, you will never have to retrieve your baby’s cord blood from storage. However, should you need to use the stem cells from your stored cord blood, NECBB’s customer service department will arrange for the safe transportation to the appropriate location. We are experts in storage and you can trust us to keep your cord blood and cord tissue secure, so it is there for you if ever needed.
Families in the US rely on us to process and store their babies’ stem cells. Likewise, families from around the globe look to us as well including places such as: Mexico, Venezuela, Jordan, Peru, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Chile, Italy, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, and Panama.Contact Us
I chose to save my 20 year old son’s dental pulp from his wisdom teeth. We had a very narrow window of time to do this. I received the package the next day, two days later he had his teeth removed, the nurse followed the instructions that were sent and packed the teeth. I called the shipping company, it was picked up and delivered next day to the lab. It was really easy!Sue E. Orange, MA