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What questions should parents ask a Family Bank about collecting cord blood?

  • What instructional tools are provided in the kit for the physician and delivery staff?
  • Will the family banking provider actively contact the labor and delivery staff for you?  
  • Does the hospital have designated staff that are trained to collect cord blood?
  • What collection method does the bank use: gravity drip or blood draw?
  • Is the collection blood bag sterile, both inside and out, so that it can be used in the operating room for a C-section?
  • Does the bank provide the option of collecting additional stem cells from the tissue of the umbilical cord or the placenta?