Banking Cord Blood is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. It keeps your baby safe well into their adult life. While banking is as easy as 1,2,3, it may not always seem that way.
With all the things you have on your plate, it’s perfectly normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. This is why we created a simple 7 step guide on how the process works. No matter who you bank with, we hope this makes your journey a little easier.
You will only be charged if your stem cells are viable.
The 7 Step Guide to How Cord Blood Banking Works
Step 1: Sign Up
When you sign up for cord blood banking with Americord, you will receive your 3-in-1 collection kit. We don’t charge you until our lab has received your collection and successfully stored your baby’s stem cells.
Step 2: Receive Your Kit
You’ll receive you kit in a matter of days. If your due date is within 4 weeks, we’ll overnight it to you at no additional charge.
Step 3: Pack Your Hospital Bag
Put your collection kit in your hospital bag, and bring it with you to the hospital when you deliver.
Step 4: Birth
Immediately following the birth of you baby, your physician or midwife will perform the cord blood, cord tissue, and/or placenta tissue collection. Then, put the contents in the kit, and return the kit to you.
Step 5: Paperwork
Fill out the paperwork inside the kit and call our medical courier for bedside pickup. There is no need to freeze or refrigerate your collection. Your stem cells will remain viable for 72 hours.
Step 6: Courier Pick Up
The medical courier will arrive at your hospital, pick up your kit, and rush it to our lab.
Step 7: Processing
Your baby’s stem cells will be processed and stored in our lab. You will only be charged if your stem cells are viable. Once processed and deemed viable. You will then receive a Certificate of Storage confirming your baby’s collection size.