When collecting cord blood the umbilical cord is first clamped and cut. After this the doctor/midwife disinfects the injection site and inserts a needle into the vein of the umbilical cord. The cord blood then flows into the collection bag. The bag is always placed lower than the placenta to allow gravity to help drain the blood into the bag.
The process of cord blood collection is safe, painless and does not interfere with mother and baby bonding. Overall, the collection takes roughly 5 minutes to complete.
Following cord blood collection and when the placenta is expelled, the doctor will cut as much of the umbilical cord as possible and place it into the container supplied in the Cells for Life collection kit. The container will be sealed and placed in a medical biohazard bag and returned to Cells for Life for processing and storage.
What if cord blood and cord tissue is not collected at my hospital?
Cord blood and cord tissue can be collected at any hospital if you have your cord banking collection kit with you. Directions for collection are included in the collection kit for any doctor or nurse that may require it.
Occasionally, there are hospitals that do not collect cord blood or cord tissue. We will do our best to overcome this. We will even offer to help the staff with the collection.
Below are some of the reasons that make Cells for Life the cord blood and cord tissue bank of choice:
Why Cells for Life?
Why this is important?
We are the only cord blood and cord tissue bank located within a hospital
Access to the hospital’s security and emergency backup systems ensures Cells for Life is the safest and most secure cord banking storage facility in Canada.
We have over 18 years of experience, making our bank one of the oldest and most established in Canada
We are well respected in the cord banking and medical community. More than 45,000 parents have trusted Cells for Life with their baby’s stems cells, which means the company is financially stable.
We maintain a perfect transplant success rate
This is the ultimate evidence that our quality system and methods work. All have engrafted and showed improvement.
We are accredited by FACT, AABB and are Health Canada compliant
Transplant physicians are unlikely to use a cord blood sample from a bank without accreditation. Our accreditations demonstrate our diligence and commitment to excellence.
We have exemplary leadership and expertise (Dr. Michael Virro and Dr. Elisabeth Semple)
Together they have decades of experience in cord banking. Our code of ethics and reputation make Cells for Life a true leader in cord banking.
We have the best collection kit in the industry
Our collection kit has clear and easy instructions; a sterile collection bag approved for Caesarean Birth and features a unique flush pad to recover as many cells as possible.
We offer superior customer service
Our pricing options, stress-free shipping and fixed contract are just a few of the ways we bring value to our clients.
Our Bedside Pick-up program (at select hospitals)
No stress: we will come to your bedside and pick it up.
We serve Canadians coast to coast
We can organize shipping from anywhere in Canada to safely get your sample to our bank.
We offer free information sessions and webinars
We believe in educating parents so they can make the right decision for their family’s future.
We provide training for physicians and healthcare providers
To ensure the collected sample is of good quality.
We support public banking (Victoria Angel Registry of Hope)
Every cord blood sample can save a life! Private Cord Blood Banking is the best security for your family, but if you choose not to store your child’s cord blood than we encourage you to consider public banking.
Does Cells for Life operate its own storage facility or lease space in one and in what type of facility are you located?
Yes, at Cells for Life we operate our own facility. Our laboratory is located at University Health Network – Toronto General Hospital in Downtown Toronto. This is where we process and store the cord blood and cord tissue. Currently, we have capacity for 125,000 stored samples.
Our head office is located in a medical building connected to the Markham Stouffville Hospital just north of Toronto. We also have offices located in Montreal and Calgary.
We use the largest state-of-the-art high efficiency storage tanks. Each tank holds 300L of liquid nitrogen, is vacuum insulated and is maintained at -190 degrees Celsius in the vapour phase of liquid nitrogen. This provides the safest possible environment for cord blood samples. Our storage tanks are monitored and alarmed 24-7-365 using two separate monitoring systems. A primary system connected to the hospital’s security system and a secondary system with SMS and email notification and remote monitoring.
We have two large 3000L liquid nitrogen supply tanks feeding our storage tanks. Ground floor access allows for manual fill ups in the event of an emergency. In the case of a total liquid nitrogen supply disruption, our storage tanks would be safe and stable for 26 days without any change in temperatures. Cells for Life is the only bank to utilize this high level of storage safety and security measures.