FAQs

 

What are stem cells?
Stem Cells are the building blocks of our blood and immune systems. They are found throughout the body including in bone marrow, cord blood and peripheral blood. They are particularly powerful because they have the ability to treat, repair and/or replace damaged cells in the body.

 


What is cord blood?
Cord blood, or umbilical cord blood, is the blood remaining in your child's umbilical cord following birth. It is a rich, non-controversial source of stem cells that can only be collected at the time of birth.


Why storing?
Why preserve my baby stem cells?
Taking the decision to store stem cells is one of the most worthwhile long term biological investments you can make for the health and future of your family. Stem cells (or “mother cells” as they are sometimes called) are one of the most revolutionary areas of regenerative medicine today, Stem cells are essentially the building blocks of the body and have the unique capacity to multiply and develop into other types of cells, So stem cells have been found to fight various life-threating diseases.
The precautions to protect our children should not be free of medical reserves for example, both parents strive to buy a car seat to protect children from potential accidents in few percentages and for a short time, so it is more necessary to ensure the protection of child and even his family from deadly diseases for a period of twenty years and more.
Since the development of scientific discoveries are going huge in this area so you are protecting your dearest people from potential diseases and in the same time increasing the success rate of chronic therapies that may appear in future (God forbidden).
The process of collecting cord blood is painless for the mother or her child and it takes only minutes.
Your child’s cord blood stem cells are an ideal match that can be donated to various members of the family as the have a 100% match with the child himself and matches in varying degrees with his/her family members.  


When is the cord blood collected?
There is only one time that cord blood can be collected; at birth.
Is there any risk to child or her mother?
There is no risk to mother or child during the cord blood collection process. The baby does not remain in the birthing area during the procedure, which is painless and takes just a few minutes. 

Mother's Blood Tests:

On each sample we perform a series of six hematological - immunological tests. These tests consist of the following six viral markers to exclude the risk that the mother bears any viral infection which can be <<vertically>> transmitted to the baby:

•    Cytomegalovirus  (CMV , IgM)
•    Syphilis (TPHA , VDRL)
•    Hepatitis B (Hepatitis Bs Ag)
•    Hepatitis C (Hepatitis C anti)
•    Hepatitis B (Core)
•    AIDS (HIV Ι/ΙΙ)
•    Human T Lymphotropic virus Ι/ΙΙ (HTLV Ι/ΙΙ)

How we proceed?
Process of umbilical cord blood collection:
The collection of umbilical cord blood and cord tissue is monitored by the responsible team.
The collection starts immediately after the baby is delivered. The gynecologist-obstetrician insures the disinfection of the area with the special wipes and with the needle of the collection bag from the vein of the umbilical cord. With the help of gravity, the blood remaining in the placenta and umbilical cord is collected into the collection bag. After having collected the greatest possible blood volume, the collection bag is sealed with a special safety mechanism and is placed in the proper package.
At the end, the obstetrician is informed that it is necessary to collect the peripheral blood in the additional vial 10 days before the date of delivery for the necessary tests in the co-operating lab.
You should know that the process of the collection has duration of approximately 10 minutes and is totally safe and painless for mother and the child.

The sample is maintained and transferred in ROOM TEMPERATURE! Great variations in temperature have an impact on the viability of cells.

Does the hospital need to provide any materials for collection?
No, MSCB will supply you with a collection kit, which has everything you and your obstetrician or certified nurse midwife will need. Simply bring this kit with you when you go to the hospital for your delivery.

Will any hospital know how to perform the collection?
The collection process is simple and can be performed by any doctor, certified nurse or midwife, or other qualified medical professional. We will instruct them in the specifics of drawing blood from the umbilical cord, though it is very similar to other types of blood collection.

How does cesarean section affect the collection process?
The collection process proceeds essentially the same way with a cesarean section as it would in a natural birth. 

How long will the cells remain viable, on average, in the kit after collection?
The cells in your cord blood sample must be processed and cryogenically preserved within 48 hours. Our expert medical courier makes sure that your cord blood sample is delivered to the MSCB Processing Laboratory

Transportation and introduction of sample to the lab
For the safe of the sample to the lab, the only thing needed is simply a telephone call to the company informing us of the due date.
After collecting the sample in Damascus it will be transferred to the Lab by our staff,
As for the Urban situation, after collection of the package it is transferred with our authorized transportation company. All packages should be kept at room temperature 23-25° C. The person who collects the package in Damascus or any other city is responsible for the package temperature.
After introduction to the lab, the sample is identified and given a unique code.