When you enroll with Securacell, your baby’s account and future samples are immediately assigned a unique identifier bar code. Once the sample is collected we arrange for your baby’s cord blood (and tissue if you elect this option) sample to be picked up and delivered to the lab where processing begins.
Securacell will send your baby’s cord blood collection kit to you prior to delivery. The kit contains all the necessary medical supplies needed to collect, package, and ship your baby’s cord blood and tissue. Our educational staff of experienced labor and delivery nurses will contact your doctor or midwife and hospital as needed to provide them with cord blood collection instructions. We also have clinicians available 24 hours a day to assist you and your healthcare team during this important time.
Umbilical Cord Blood Collection
After the delivery of your baby, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Your newborn is no longer attached to the umbilical cord. The remaining blood, which is normally discarded, is collected using the patented PALL cord blood collection bag. In preparation to collect your baby’s cord blood, the umbilical cord is cleaned with the enclosed Chloraprep swab to prevent bacterial and fungal contamination. The needle attached to the end of the FDA approved PALL blood bag is then inserted into the umbilical cord. The blood flows by gravity into the collection bag. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. This procedure is safe, painless, and does not harm you or your baby.
Our cord blood collection bag was specifically designed as a sterile system for the most efficient collection of your baby’s cord blood. Our cord blood collection device is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a cord blood collection device.
Umbilical Cord Tissue Collection
If you have elected to have your baby’s cord tissue collected as well, after the cord blood is collected, a 4″ to 8″ segment of cord is cut and placed into a sterile specimen cup for safe transport to the lab.
After your baby’s samples have been collected, call Securacell night or day. We will arrange for your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue to be picked up and delivered to the lab for you.