Delayed Cord Clamping
and Optimal Cord Clamping
With CellsPlus, cord blood banking is now compatible with delayed cord clamping and optimal cord clamping.
Only with Cells4Life.
Delayed cord clamping and particularly optimal cord clamping both result in a reduction in the amount of blood available for cord blood collection, meaning there is often not enough for standard processing methods or it may have too few cells for therapeutic use. Only CellsPlus can process very small volumes of blood, and it delivers 3 times more stem cells at the point of treatment, meaning that it is equivalent to a much larger sample processed using any other system.
What are delayed cord clamping and optimal cord clamping?
Delayed cord clamping is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and increasing awareness means that more and more parents are turning to delayed or optimal cord clamping to give their baby the best possible start to life. Delayed cord clamping is where the umbilical cord is not clamped for one to two minutes and optimal cord clamping is where clamping is delayed for as long as it takes for the cord to stop pulsating and turn white. Published literature indicates that postponing clamping for at least 30 seconds reduces infant mortality both in full and particularly in pre-term babies.(1)
What do optimal or delayed cord clamping mean for cord blood banking?
Delayed and especially optimal cord clamping will usually mean that there is less blood remaining in the umbilical cord for cord blood collection, or that it will have clotted. In the case of optimal cord clamping, where clamping is delayed until the cord turns white and stops pulsating, it is often only possible to collect as little as 10 to 20 millilitres of blood residual in the placenta.
Most cord blood processing methods require at least 40ml of blood meaning that before CellsPlus it simply was not possible to choose delayed cord clamping and reliably bank cord blood.
The CellsPlus Difference
“With CellsPlus you don’t need to compromise between a healthy today and a healthy tomorrow”
Our CellsPlus service transforms the options available to parents looking to protect their child at birth with delayed and optimal cord clamping, and for the future by saving their cord blood stem cells. CellsPlus is based on TotiCyte, our patented processing technology, which can be successfully applied to small cord blood samples and delivers 3 times more stem cells at the point of treatment than any other cord blood processing system. This means that with CellsPlus, not only can we process the limited volume of blood available following delayed or optimal cord clamping, but that it will on average contain 3 times the number of cells at the point of treatment than an equivalent sized sample processed another way.
Birth is a biological process, so there are never any guarantees, however choosing CellsPlus gives you the very best opportunity to delay clamping the umbilical cord and bank cord blood stem cells, without compromise.
Find out more about the benefits of CellsPlus.
Cord tissue banking
Umbilical cord tissue stem cell collection is 100% compatible with every birth choice. All that is required is an undamaged section of the umbilical cord itself, which is cut and placed into saline after birth. Delayed and optimal cord clamping have no impact on this procedure, so even in the unlikely event that we don’t collect enough blood, it is pretty much always possible to store cord tissue, and you will only have to pay for this element of the service. Umbilical cord tissue stem cells may be even more powerful than cord blood for regenerative therapies, so cord tissue collection is by no means a second best.
Learn more about the uses of umbilical cord tissue.