7 steps guiding you to stem cell storage1. Signing a contract.
If you decide to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells, we invite you to call Northway Stem Cell Bank at 8 800 10 102 (toll-free line) and agree on a time to arrive and sign the contract. When you come to the Centre, you will be informed about the service provision procedure and receive answers to any questions or concerns.
2. At the delivery.
When the delivery starts, you will inform Northway Stem Cell Bank, and name the Birthing Centre/hospital where your delivery will take place.
3. At the Birthing Centre/hospital
After you arrive at the Birthing Centre/hospital, you must inform the obstetrician-gynaecologist that you have signed a contract for storage of your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells. The blood is collected from the umbilical cord immediately after the baby is born. Neither the mother or baby will feel any discomfort or pain because umbilical cord blood is collected after the baby’s umbilical cord is clamped and cut. The amount of collected cord blood is critically important. If the amount is less than 80 ml, stem cells will not be stored due to an insufficient amount of stem cells that will fail to ensure therapeutic usage.
4. Cord blood transfer to the Bank.
After collecting the umbilical cord blood, the blood specimens are packed into a special container, labelled and transferred to Northway Stem Cell Bank. It is critically important to do it within 36 hours after collecting the baby’s cord blood. This time window is very important to preserve the quality of the stem cells.
5. Recovery of stem cells.
Northway Stem Cell Bank uses the newest Swiss-made system Sepax-2 for the recovery of stem cells. It is a fully automated, sterile, and functionally closed system remarkable for high reproducible results in stem cell recovery and stability. Sepax-2 at present is considered the Gold Standard in the recovery of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.
6. Stem cell tests.
Before stem cells can be stored, it is necessary to establish whether they meet the quality requirements. For this reason, the blood specimens undergo different laboratory tests. The umbilical cord blood and recovered stem cells are tested for sterility, risk of infection, viability, and the number and types of the cells. If the tests reveal that the quality of cells does not meet the specified requirements, unfortunately, these stem cells will not be stored.
7. Issue of the certificate of stem cells quality and storage.
We will inform you once the Stem Cell Bank receives the results of the laboratory test. If the tested stem cells meet all specified requirements, we will prepare a certificate of storage and hand over to you with the annex supporting the quality of the stem cells.