FAQ

Umbilical cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment of many diseases and disorders, and it is very likely that as medicine develops, their use will become even more widespread. Please remember that the opportunity to collect stem cells at birth happens only once in a person’s lifetime.

The decision to freeze your child’s cord blood should be made around the II/III trimester of pregnancy, so that on the day of its birth the hospital and SCB nOvum staff are prepared. In special cases you might make this decision at the hospital, just prior to birth- we deliver spare collection kits to most hospitals. In such a case you need to make arrangements with the midwife for the collection of blood and ask for a SCB nOvum collection kit.

Just after the child is born and the umbilical cord is cut. The procedure is simple, painless for the child and the mother, completely non-invasive and does not disturb the process of childbirth.

Only in cases when there are medical contraindications. The decision is made by the midwife or the supervising doctor.

No, Caesarean sections are not a contraindication for collecting cord blood. The volume of cord blood collected during natural childbirth or during a C-section is comparable.

A member of staff, trained by SCB nOvum, at the hospital where your child will be born. Usually it is a midwife.

No! Umbilical cord blood is collected after the child is born and the umbilical cord is cut. The collection takes a few minutes, is painless, simple and safe for the mother and child.

No. After signing the agreement you will receive a special kit, which contains everything that will be necessary for collecting the child’s cord blood and transporting it to the laboratory (transport is provided by SCB nOvum). The kit should not be opened and all you need to do is remember to take it with you to the hospital.

The blood is collected after the child is born and he umbilical cord is cut. It is collected into a sterile container with a fluid that prevents the blood from clotting before it reaches the laboratory. The container is part of the complete kit you receive from SCB nOvum.

Most hospitals in Poland have spare collection kits. These will be used in such instances.

Attention! You need to immediately inform SCB nOvum (tel. 605 66 80 73 – 24/7)of the childbirth and the collection of the cord blood.

The blood will be transported to the SCB nOvum laboratory in Warsaw by our staff or a specialist courier company. The kit is designed to maintain the correct temperature during transport and the deposit is secure.

When you sign the agreement you are given an identification number, which is put on each element of the kit and all the documents. Additionally, the frozen cells are labelled according to the international ISBT 128 standard. Additionally, the frozen cells are labelled according to the international ISBT 128 standard.

The ISBT 128 standard is used for the identification and labelling of blood and its components, as well as human human tissue and organs. The standard was designed by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) in 1994 and accepted by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), European Blood Aliance (EBA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Plasma Fractionators Association (EPFA). The ISBT 128 standard is managed by the International Council for Commonality in Blood Bank Automation (ICCBBA) in the US.

Current research confirms that stem cells stored for twenty-five years, or longer, have the same composition as at the moment they were frozen.

hus, our current knowledge suggests that the deposits can be stored in -190°C even for decades.

The stem cells are stored at the Stem Cell Bank nOvum at the nOvum Clinic in Warsaw. Our own bank and laboratories are in the Clinic, in specially prepared rooms. We possess high-tech freezing and storing equipment, and the entire process is carried out in accordance with international norms and standards. The condition of the equipment and the facility are monitored 24/7.

The stored cells may be used for the benefit of immediate family members (siblings or parents of the child). The final decision is made after the tissue is tested to ascertain the compatibility between the donor and the recipient. The test samples- always frozen with the main deposit- can be used for the purpose of these tests, while the main deposit remains frozen and untouched.

Until the child reaches the age of majority, the blood may only be used at the request of the parents or the child’s legal guardian. When the child comes of age it takes control of the deposit.

If a patient whose cells are being stored at SCB nOvum is diagnosed with a disease, which can be treated with stem cells, their doctor needs to be informed of the existence of such a deposit. The final decision as to whether the deposit should be used or not is made by the doctor. After the parents give their consent and all the formalities are fulfilled, the doctor contacts SCB nOvum and arranges for the deposit to be transported to wherever it will be used.

Research on the use of stem cells is conducted all over the world, so we are convinced that the near future will bring further discoveries regarding their use in regenerative medicine (regeneration of damaged cells, tissues or parts of organs). The ability stem cells possess to differentiate into different types of cells or tissue (e.g. skin cells, cardiac muscle cells, neural cells) is unique and is being carefully researched by scientists in many fields. Frozen cord blood is a real asset for your child’s future.

Yes. Our bank has a Ministry of Health licence. According to the regulation from July 1st 2005 concerning the procurement, storage and transplantation of cells, tissue and organs, we received our licence after a review conducted by the National Centre for Tissue and Cell Banking. In accordance with the law SCB nOvum undergoes review every 2 years.

The agreement concerning depositing the child’s cord blood can be signed by the child’s parents or any court appointed legal guardian. Until the child reaches the age of majority, they make any decisions concerning the frozen cells. When the child comes of age it takes control of the deposit.

Umbilical cord blood in public banks is intended for other people in need. Thus, it is intended for the use of a person unrelated to the donor, and is owned by the state, which pays for its collection, testing, freezing and storing. This means that if the parent’s and the child whose blood it is, decide to move the deposit from a family bank to a public bank they relinquish the rights to the deposited cells.