Everything you and your doctor need for a successful collection is provided in your Viacord kit. We’ve got a few tips to share to ensure the process goes smoothly.
1. LET THE STAFF KNOW UPON ARRIVAL
Letting the medical staff know you’ve chosen to collect your baby’s cord blood or cord tissue, or both is an important first step in the cord blood collection process. Even if it’s noted in your files, telling the staff at the hospital of exactly what you’ve ordered will ensure everyone’s in the know. And if medical staff shift rotation takes place during your time in labor, inform the replacement staff as well. Keeping everyone in the know is the way to go!
2. COLLECT EVEN WITH A C-SECTION
When moms go in for a c-section, whether it’s planned or unplanned, sometimes the collection kit gets left behind. Make sure it’s known that you want to collect your cord blood or cord tissue or both – whichever you ordered, so the medical staff will make sure the kit is in the c-section room. ViaCord’s sterile collection bag is FDA approved and can be used in c-sections..
3. NO NEED TO POKE YOU TWICE
Let the medical staff know ViaCord requires a sample of mom’s blood as part of the collection process, so when they draw blood for other purposes they can collect the maternal blood sample for ViaCord at the same time.
4. CLEAN THE CORD
A clean cord helps keep bacteria at bay, which is vital when collecting cord blood. It’s the medical staff’s job to clean the cord and the how to is detailed in their instructions, but it can’t hurt for you to remind them.
5. EVERY CELL COUNTS
If you’ve opted for cord blood banking you want the staff to collect as much blood as possible. If you’ve opted for cord tissue banking, you want the largest segment of the cord collected as possible.. Again, this is the responsibility of the staff, but there is no shame in yelling, “Did you get it all?” or “Are you sure there isn’t anything left?”
6. KEEP THE KIT VISIBLE
It’s easy to forget everything else when the focus is on bringing your new little one into the world! To help remind the medical staff that you’ll be collecting the cord blood, keep the ViaCord Collection Kit clearly visible during your delivery. Lay it on a nearby table and designate a person in the delivery room to be in charge of ensuring the medical staff gets the kit in time.
7. DESIGNATE A CALLER IN ADVANCE
Know ahead of time who will call ViaCord after the collection has taken place to review contents and arrange the courier pick-up. We recommend this be someone other than Mom. Mom has enough to do that day!