- Dr. Koliakos
Umbilical cord blood: (Classic puncture of umbilical cord blood vessels)
The collection of blood is made by your obstetrician immediately after labor. The proper collection of blood is very important for the quality and quantity of the cell.
The process is simple, takes about 5 minutes and is completely safe for the child and for the mother, (as it occurs after birth). Parents must take on time the proper kit of Biohellenika, which must remain in perfect condition until transferring to the labour room on the day of delivery. The kit is packaged in isothermal condition with a registration of temperature to keep the cord blood at a stable temperature.
Cord blood is collected in a special sterile bag and sent to laboratories of Biohellenika, where there is going to be done all the controls and the cryo – preservation of stem cells. We have observed that the collection of stem cells is different in every birth and for this reason it is absolutely necessary to collect the maximum amount of blood. In case of twins-multiple pregnancy, the volume collected from each child is smaller, but this does not cause problems for further use. All data so far, indicate that the age, maternal ethnicity, weight taken by mother during the pregnancy and sex of the child, did not play any role, positive or negative, on the successful collection of cord blood. The things that seems to have result in receiving a higher volume of blood, is the child’s weight at birth and the completion time of pregnancy. Usually, as larger volume of blood collected, as higher the final number of stem cell frozen. Forthwith, the specific isolation method used by Biohellenika, can process small volumes samples. So, Biohellenika’s final acceptance test of the sample is the number of cells in the sample and not the original volume of it.