Cord Blood Overview

Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord after the baby is born. The stem cells can be safely obtained without any risk or pain to the mother or baby.

Within twenty minutes after the cord is cut, the doctor or nurse will extract some of the remaining blood from the umbilical cord and send to our processing center in Gilbert, Arizona. In the past, cord blood was considered medical waste and thrown away, but scientists now know that cord blood is rich in stem cells.

Celebration Stem Cell Centre uses the best technology available to process and store cord blood stem cell units according to FACT, AABB and FDA recommendations.

Our highly trained and dedicated laboratory staff members process each private and donated sample separately and utilize state-of-the-art instrumentation for counting and separating nucleated cells. The mother’s blood samples are tested for infectious diseases and each cord blood sample collected is tested for bacterial and fugal contamination. CD34+ stem cells and viability are evaluated using flow cytometry. The processed cord blood stem cell units are stored in a compartmented bag with small testing sections, which can be removed, thawed and tested if the unit is being considered for transplant. The stem cell units are stored in the vapor phase above liquid nitrogen, which prevents any possible transmission of diseases from one sample to another. Our intentions are to use the highest level of care while processing and storing the stem cells so they potentially can be stored indefinitely.