What is cord blood banking?
Cord blood banking enables parents to save stem cells from the umbilical cord blood of their child immediately after birth. Families preserve these cells so that they are available for use in existing and future medical treatments.
What is placental blood banking, and why should I choose it?
With LifebankUSA, you can bank more stem cells—and more life-saving opportunities—by collecting from three stem cell rich sources: placental blood, cord blood, and placental tissue. Placental blood banking preserves potent stem cells from the blood of the placenta, and provides a greater number of stem cells for your family. Transplanting more stem cells has been shown to increase the probability of transplant success and survival.2,3,4 In the near future, having more cells available may also prove beneficial for new treatments in an emerging medical field called regenerative medicine.5,6,7 Placental blood banking gives you and your family the opportunity to take advantage of today's medical advancements, should you need them, and tomorrow's emerging medical treatments as they become reality.
Why would I bank stem cells if my family has no history of blood diseases?
Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.8 Many families have no prior history of the disease, which may require treatment with stem cell transplants. In addition, stem cells are actively being studied in an emerging medical field called regenerative medicine. So your family could potentially benefit from future stem cell-related treatments.
Is the collection process safe?
Absolutely! The entire process is performed by your own health care provider, is noninvasive, and only takes about 5 minutes. Once your baby is born and the umbilical cord has been cut, your health care provider will collect blood from the portion of the cord still attached to the placenta. If you are banking placental stem cells, the entire placenta will be collected separately and placed into a special bag. The collection kit will then be transported by medical courier to the LifebankUSA laboratories for processing and preservation. The stem cells will be cryopreserved in a vapor-phase liquid-nitrogen storage tank that is continuously monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the time when your family may need them. Learn more about the collection process.
If someone from my family needed a transplant, couldn’t we use stem cells from a public bank?
It's possible, but public banks rely on donations and cannot guarantee that a good genetic match will be available. Unfortunately, many patients who need stem cell transplants don't receive them because they are unable to find a suitable match from a public bank.9
Private stem cell banking ensures that you have immediate access to an adequate number of stem cells that are a perfect genetic match for your child.* In addition, your baby's stem cells have a much greater likelihood of providing a good match for other close blood relatives.
*For certain genetic diseases, children may not be able to receive their own stem cells for treatment, and may require stem cells from another donor.
If I donate to a public bank, can I access my collection if I need it?
Once a family makes a donation, assuming it meets collection standards and isn't discarded, the stem cells become available for any potential matching patient or for research. There's no way to guarantee access to your child’s stem cells (a perfect genetic match), at a later date.
Who is considered a close family member (blood relative)?
A close family member is a first-degree (parent, sibling, or child) or second-degree relative (half sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, grandparent, or grandchild). Cousins, great grandparents, and great grandchildren do not fall into this category.
How and when should I enroll with LifebankUSA to save my baby’s stem cells?
The sooner the better! As soon as you enroll to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we will mail you your collection kit so you have it well in advance of your baby’s birth.