When it comes to saving your baby’s cord blood, you want to choose the best cord blood bank. As with all important decisions you make, the more educated you are, the better. After all, you only get one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood and you want to make sure that you choose a cord blood bank you can trust. Start by asking the right questions:
- Is the cord blood bank accredited?
Check if the cord blood bank you’re considering is accredited with the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). AABB is an international, not-for-profit organization that is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. The association has been setting standards for both private and public cord blood banking for over 20 years. Click here for a list of AABB accredited cord blood facilities in the U.S. and around the world.
As you’re weighing your options, you may want to factor in the stability of the cord blood bank. You’re choosing to store your baby’s cord blood in case it might be needed in the future, and you don’t want the bank to go out of business. You can visit parentsguidecordblood.org, a website that offers detailed reviews of every private and public cord blood bank in the U.S.
- How does the bank collect and store the blood?
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s a good idea to call each cord blood bank to find out more about their services. One of the key things you’ll want the cord blood bank’s representative to explain to you is how the cord blood bank collects and stores cord blood. Collection and storage methods may differ from bank to bank, and you’ll want to be sure that the cord blood bank complies with all federal standards.1
Here are some other questions you might want to ask:2
- Does the cord blood bank provide instructional collection tools for your physician and labor and delivery staff?
- Will the cord blood bank contact the labor and delivery staff on your behalf, or will you be responsible for coordinating the process?
- What type of back-up system does the storage facility have in case of power failure?
- How stable is the company? Is it affiliated with a hospital, research institution or pharmaceutical company?
Does the cord blood bank offer the option of collecting additional stem cells from the placenta or umbilical cord tissue?
Did you know that placental blood and umbilical cord tissue are also rich sources of stem cells? Banking placental blood in addition to cord blood with LifebankUSA doubles the number of segments preserved and increases the total number of stem cells available.3
This is important for two reasons:
- Research has shown that transplanting more stem cells has been shown to increase the probability of transplant success and survival.4
- Having more than one segment available may offer the potential to treat more than one condition.5
With LifebankUSA, you may choose to simply bank cord blood alone or bank blood from both the placenta and the umbilical cord. And you have the option of adding placental tissue banking Choosing to bank cord blood can be a powerful investment for your family. In addition to the 80 diseases that are currently treatable with stem cell transplants, there may be many more conditions that can be treated with stem cells in the future. It’s well worth your time to do a lot of research so you feel confident about the cord blood bank you entrust with your baby’s cord blood.
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