Knowledge Center

Banking
How do we know enough cord blood has been collected?

If delayed cord clamping is done for only 2 minutes max or less (or not at all), it is extremely likely that enough stem cells were collected. We follow up with a stem cell certificate 1 month after birth so you can get an exact stem cell count. We also provide a stem cell certificate guide so you can easily understand and analyze the information.

How are you keeping track of whose stem cells are whose?

Mixing up biological goods would be a violation of your personal property, so we have every FDA and AABB mandate in place to ensure that there would be absolutely no mix up whatsoever. We also carefully label every single sample multiple times (you may note our collection instructions requires every sample to be labeled).

What if I'm having twins or triplets?

Then you can order 1 kit for each child, but we have twin and triplet discounts! Email hello@anjahealth.com for more info.

How do you ensure maximum stem cell collection after birth?

Anja's collection bag uses CPD and we do manual processing, to assure maximum stem cell collection across the board.

Why is the birth mother's blood collected?

You may have noticed that in your kit we have included vials for your the birth mother's blood to be collected as well. This is because our lab will perform an infectious disease testings. It is required when considering using your baby's cord blood for research or treatment.

If I banked for one child do I need to bank for the others?

We strongly suggest banking for each of your children. Cord blood has a 75% match rate for siblings though if your family decides to only bank for one or some of your children.

Birth
I want to encapsulate my placenta. Can I still do placenta banking?

We require the entire placenta so we can extract as many stem cells as possible from it.

Can I bank cord blood if a have a home birth?

The only difference would be that - if you're not giving birth in a hospital - we'd verify that you have access to tools for blood collection and labels. Blood collection tools are for collecting a sample of the mother's blood as we screen it for disease. Labels are for ensuring everything that is collected is identified in multiple different ways, according to FDA and AABB regulations.

What if I have a c-section?

C-section or vaginal delivery, our kit includes a sterile collection bag that can be used inside or outside of the operating room.

Treatments
If I have a disease already, will it impact the viability of the stem cells?

It depends on the disease. Email hello@anjahealth.com with your disease, and we'll inquire with our medical team.

What happens when I want to use the stem cells?

After birth, you have access to a portal where you can view your stem cell certificate and contact us in the case you ever want to retrieve your stem cells. You would need to have a physician ready to receive the stem cells for treatment (generally for a FDA-approved or clinical trial use case). We can get the stem cells to your designated physician shortly after you contact us.

If Anja's lab is in New Jersey, does that mean you can't bank in states outside of New Jersey?

We bank nationally across the United States. Our shipping team can quickly get to any state, so your location will not impact Anja's shipping and storage abilities.

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