What are the most important things to do when collecting cord blood?
1. Read the instructions on the kit! Too many healthcare providers think that they don't need to read and follow instructions. 2. Sterilize before every needle stick. When in doubt, sterilize again! 3. Volume, volume, volume. You want to "milk the cord" for as much blood as possible. If the blood vessel you are using stops working, try another or move upstream, but sterilize first.
What fraction of cord blood donations get accepted?
Between a half and three quarters of donations are discarded. The primary reason is that the collection volume is too small. Public banks will only save a collection that is big enough to transplant a large child or small adult.
How do I pick a public bank?
You rarely get to pick a public bank. If you are having your baby at a hospital that accepts donations, then you are one of the lucky few. The only way you could have a choice in the matter is if you are choosing a mail in donation program.