Originally Posted by pinkgreenbean
You must complete all forms prior to your 34th week of pregnancy!! And the qualifying info is pretty basic, if you aren't diseased or newly tatooed, you are good to go basically.
They use mostly the same set of questions that you'll get when you give blood. My set of questions from Lifebank/Celgene (here's a link now that I'm less lazy: http://www.lifebankusa.com/
) was a bit more extensive than regular blood donation questions, with some family history stuff in there, but nothing too bad. And we barely squeaked by the deadline - I'm due next month and just got my kit yesterday.
With regard to the time frame for cord clamping, my midwife also mentioned that after a certain point the blood in the cord will clot up, but I think she was saying it's something like 20 minutes from the time the cord stops pulsing, rather than 20 minutes from the birth. She says there should be no problem waiting until the baby has gotten all his/her blood, and then still getting enough to donate. That was our experience last time as well. If we waited and then didn't have enough to donate, that would be too bad, but of course we wouldn't clamp early just to get the blood. And with Lifebank, you can still send in the placenta even if you don't get enough cord blood, I think.