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How Does the Process Work for Me?

What does it mean to register with CELVI?

Registering with CELVI means that you have decided to preserve your baby’s cord blood and tissue for potential future use for your family.

You will also have the additional option to register it on the Sunflower Fund donor registry, at no additional cost, which means that you have the option to donate it to a patient in need of a blood stem cell transplant.

When should I register with CELVI?

The general recommendation is to register during your second trimester.  Some babies arrive before their due date and you don’t want to miss the one and only opportunity to collect the cord blood and tissue.

Register now

How do I register with CELVI to save my newborn’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells?

Go to the Register Now tab on the website. 

  • Read and complete the agreement.
  • Read and complete the maternal history.
  • Read and complete the Informed Consent.
  • Make payment.
  • Submit.
  • Your collection kit will be delivered to you after the documentation and payment has been received.

An additional informed consent will be required should you want to register the cord blood on the Sunflower Fund donor registry.

What is the maternal blood testing?

A blood sample is taken from the biological mother for infectious diseases testing – a requirement in line with international accreditation standards.

The maternal blood is tested for the following infectious diseases:

The Celvi Newborn Stem Cell Collection Kit contains all the equipment your medical practitioner will need to collect stem cells from your baby’s cord blood as soon as you give birth. It also contains the equipment needed for the maternal blood sampling. Give us a call right after you are admitted at the hospital/clinic to give birth and we will arrange for the maternal blood sampling.

Kit Transport Instructions

  1. After the birth of your baby, please check that the collection kit contains the following:
  • Cord blood sample
  • Cord tissue sample
  • Maternal blood samples
  • Collection Form
  1. Please contact us for pickup and have the following information available:
  • Mother’s name and surname
  • Hospital name and address
  • Room number
  • Collection Kit Number
  • Date and time of birth
  1. Complete the enclosed courier waybill to return the kit.

The medical courier ensures that returning your collection kit to the processing laboratory is as simple as one phone call.

In order to take advantage of our courier service, you must use the enclosed waybill to return the kit.

We will keep you connected the whole way and let you know as soon as the collection kit has arrived at the processing laboratory via SMS.

If my family ever needs the cord blood sample, how do we retrieve it?

Your transplant physician will be in contact with us and together we will arrange for the necessary testing, release and transportation of your baby’s stem cells to the treatment hospital.

I’m planning to adopt. How does that change the process?

The process is slightly different.  Please contact CELVIConnect at 010 013 1225 for further information.

I’m planning to use an egg or sperm donor. How does that change the process?

The process is slightly different. Please contact CELVIConnect at 010 013 1225 for further information.

How does CELVI ensure the confidentiality of my personal information?

CELVI takes confidentiality seriously. Your family’s medical information is sensitive and all CELVI employees and third-party providers sign confidentiality agreements.  Our privacy policy governs the collection and use of your personal information.  Click here to view our privacy policy.

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The treating doctor will determine the use of cord blood for treatment, depending on many factors, including the patient’s medical condition, the quality of the cord blood sample, if the patient’s own cord blood can be used or an adequately matched donor’s cord blood.The use of cord blood has been established in stem cell transplantation and has been used to treat more than 80 diseases. The use of cord blood in regenerative medicine is still being researched and there is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments will be available in the future.The use of cord tissue stem cells is still in early research stages, and there is no guarantee that treatments using cord tissue stem cells will be available in the future. Cord tissue stem cells are found in the cord tissue which is stored whole. Additional processing will be required to isolate the stem cells from the tissue for use. CELVI (Pty) Ltd outsources all cord blood and tissue processing and storage activities to Next Biosciences in Midrand, South Africa, a licensed and AABB accredited facility.

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