Cord blood storage and processing with M.A.Z.E. is simple and worry-free. Follow these five easy steps and the rest will be handled by our expert customer service and technical staff.
1. Choose how to register with M.A.Z.E.
2. We will mail out a M.A.Z.E. Cord Blood Laboratories collection kit once we receive your registration materials and deposit of $100
3. Take the cord blood collection kit with you to the hospital
4. Once you're home and settled
5. The balance of the cord blood processing fee
Feel free to contact us, or call us at (877) 629-3522 if you have any questions about the collection process with M.A.Z.E.
The cord blood will be collected after the umbilical cord has been cut and either before or after the placenta has been delivered. Therefore, there is absolutely no risk to you or your baby. Additionally, the physician will draw three tubes of the mother's blood for testing.
A medical courier will bring the cord blood collection kit containing the cord blood and the mother's blood to our cord blood processing laboratory.
In the lab, the technician will:
There are two different ways to store cord blood: in "full liquid" (that means that the tank is full of liquid nitrogen, stored at -190º Celsius) or in "vapor" (that means that the specimens are not in the liquid, but rather in the vapor from the liquid, stored at -130º Celsius). There are pros and cons to each storage method, but the industry standard is changing to vapor.
Although temperature maintenance used to be better in full liquid, new cord blood storage tanks have been significantly improved and now vapor tanks are able to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the tanks. Also, there is some hesitation about storing in full liquid because infections or bacteria might be able to "swim" through the liquid and infect another specimen.
M.A.Z.E. Cord Blood Laboratories has begun storing specimens in vapor as we are now confident of temperature control using this method. Our tank's temperature is monitored electronically with readings every hour and we have two back-up alarm systems should the temperature be compromised in any way.
Cord blood storage: Ensuring Safety
Questions? Ask a cord blood expert