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What happens after the umbilical cord blood is collected?

After the stem cells are collected, the courier service is contacted for transport. We ask that you keep the sample package with you in your post-partum room. It should be stored at room temperature. Depending upon when you deliver, the sample will either be picked-up the same day or the next morning. Your baby’s stem cells are monitored for temperature control and tracked electronically until they reach the laboratory. Upon reaching the laboratory, the sample is checked for sample size, cell viability, and temperature. Starting in the delivery room, and extending throughout the process, your stem cell sample and maternal blood sample are clearly labeled and subsequently given a unique identifier number for easy identification. In the laboratory, the process to isolate stem cells is undertaken and laboratory tests are administered to detect infectious diseases and contamination.

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