Collection is 100% non-invasive and allows you to pursue your birth plan of choice


Some frequently asked questions answered:


It is the collection, processing and cryopreservation of stem cells from umbilical cord blood and tissue for future use in stem cell treatments of for clinical trials.

This can be done privately i.e. for the exclusive use of the child and their family; or publicly i.e. for the use of anyone.

In essence the process is very simple. At the earliest signs of labour, you will need to call our dedicated ‘labour line’, which is manned 24/7, and ensure you take your LifeCells Collection Kit with you to the agreed hospital or birthing location. Your kit contains all of the necessary equipment required for successful collection by your LifeCells phlebotomist. He/she will travel to your hospital or birthing location, and liaise with your midwifery/nursing team to setup an area that can be used to work on the cord and placenta (usually adjacent to the delivery room).

After the birth of your baby, your midwife will bring the placenta and cord to our work area. The phlebotomist will carefully collect the cord blood and cord tissue, placing them into buffer solutions designed to keep them protected and free of contamination.

All of the samples are labelled, barcoded and placed in a temperature-controlled transportation bag, which also contains a datalogger (for temperature recording). This ensures that samples are transported at the right temperature and tissue viability isn’t compromised during transport.

We aim to transport samples to our facility within 12 hours from the time of collection.

Once the samples have reached our lab, cord blood will be processed as soon as possible (usually within 4 hours) in order to prevent acidity within the blood unit.

Tissue samples are processed within 12 hours (from time of arrival at the lab)

No. The collection is 100% non-invasive and allows you to pursue whichever birthing scenario you would like. The clamping of the umbilical cord can still be delayed and, whether you deliver vaginally or by caesarean, the collection of the cord blood and tissue will take place following the delivery. Likewise, whether you deliver the placenta naturally or after being induced does not impact our collection of the tissue and blood samples.

This is a difficult question to answer. As we are not a public bank, we will not reject samples that our clients have paid for. Public blood banks are very selective and will reject samples that contain fewer cells than their standard requirement (in some cases 1.5x10^7 cells/kg of CD34 marked cells). We will accept all samples (provided they are not contaminated). Because we are looking at matched clinical application, there are clinical benefits even with lower cell numbers. Our processes are designed to maintain the highest possible cell viability and we record the number of viable cells multiple times by taking samples of 10uL (microlitres) as we move along our process.

We take regular viability samples, which are recorded in our client files.

This depends on the level of peace-of-mind you are looking for. Any one of your children’s cord blood and tissue stem cells will have a 25% chance of being a perfect match for any of their siblings, and a 75% chance of being a usable match, so, if you have one of your children’s stem cells banked they will all be better protected than if you had chosen not to store any stem cells. However, to guarantee a perfect stem cell match for all of your children you should save the stem cells from each of their births.

Almost all maternity hospitals in the UK allow this service to be performed by our professional team. If you have any concerns over your specific hospital we will discuss this closer to the time when we liaise with you and your medical team.

The samples are insured and secured. If we were to cease trading, we would arrange for samples to be transferred to other banks with our client’s permission.

Our storage facility is located at Discovery Park, Kent, in a state-of-the-art storage facility with -80 and -170 Liquid Nitrogen Freezers. The freezers are powered by an on-site renewable power plant and backed by a bank of generators that provide a failsafe for any situation

The industry in the UK has stagnated. Not much has changed with regard to processes and as a result the UK has fallen behind countries such as the United States. We are collaborating with our counterparts in the US to make sure that we (as a young company) are on the cutting-edge of the science. Our processes are validated by the leading accrediting bodies and as such we can ensure that our clients’ samples are safe, viable and clinically applicable. Our facility designs are bespoke to our processes. While we are a young company, this puts us in the prime position to be completely adaptable to the needs of our clients and the changes in the industry.

In order to ensure that your child’s samples are safe and secure no matter what happens in the future, LifeCells have extensive contingencies in place to protect against an unlikely corporate failure in the future. If this were to happen, the samples would be transferred to a separate private stem cell bank at no extra cost to you where you would be able to access the samples just as before.

Processing and storage all happens in our state-of-the-art facility in Discovery Park, Kent
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