Signing up for Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking
In order to sign up for cord blood banking, you must enroll online. It’s quick and easy! The online enrollment is necessary in order to send you a collection kit and to store your baby’s cord blood. A $100 deposit is due upon enrolling, but we do not charge you the remaining balance until our lab has received your collection kit and successfully processed your baby’s cord blood. We recommend enrolling at least 4 weeks before your due date. If you are due less than 4 weeks prior to enrolling, please call 914-992-0000 to speak with one of our Cord Blood Coordinators who will help expedite the process.
DELIVERY OF YOUR CORD BLOOD BANKING KIT
Once you have enrolled with Maze, our Cord Blood Coordinators personally pack your collection kit, which contains everything your physician or midwife needs to collect your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue.
If you did not enroll for both cord blood and cord tissue, but decide last minute you want to collect the tissue as well, we provide every customer with a cord tissue collection cup within the collection kit.
Notify your doctor that you will be collecting and storing cord blood or cord blood and tissue with Maze Cord Blood. We will also send your physician a letter stating that you will be storing cord blood or cord blood and tissue.
When it’s time for delivery, remember to take the cord blood collection kit with you to the hospital. When you arrive at the hospital, remind your physician/midwife/nurses that you are banking cord blood and/or cord tissue.
Heparin-free cord blood collection bags
At Maze, we use Citrate Phosphate Dextrose (CPD), which is the safest, most effective anticoagulant used in the industry today. CPD is needed for collection in order to prevent the cord blood from clotting while in transit to our lab. CPD is recommended and approved by the FDA as the preferred anticoagulant for blood collection.7
The other anticoagulant used in the cord blood banking industry is lyophilized or dry heparin. Heparin is not recommended by the FDA or the transplant community. The use of Heparin as an anticoagulant with cord blood is discouraged because it begins to break down 12 hours after blood collection. This breakdown can lead to the formation of blood clots, which may render your baby’s cord blood unfit for processing.8
In 2009, data was published in an American Society of Hematology abstract that showed that cord blood units collected with liquid CPD preserved 30% higher TNC counts and 58% higher CD34+ cells (indicators of the number of viable stem cells) than units collected with heparin.9
More cells in storage means better outcomes for families in the future.
Parental Instructions | Hospital Checklist | Doctor/Nurse/Midwife Instructions
Cord Blood Collection Supplies
Cord Blood Collection Bag
Swab Sticks | Alcohol Wipes | Saline | Blood Drawing Materials
Blood Collection Materials
3 Test Tubes | Tube Labels
Cord Tissue Supplies
Sterile Cord Tissue Collection Cup
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