When it comes to saving your baby’s cord blood, you’ll want to know how 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. Cord blood banking companies—especially private ones—vary widely in terms of quality, experience, and even the technology they use to collect, process, and store cord blood.
To help you make the most useful cord blood bank comparisons, start by asking the following questions.
Do I Want to Use a Public or Private Cord Blood Bank?
Public cord blood banking is free, but you give up your rights to the cord blood stem cells at the time of donation. Just like donating to a blood bank, this means your donation would be owned by the public cord blood bank and not by you. Your donated cord blood stem cells can be used for medical research or could possibly save a life through a transplant. Public cord blood banks release your child’s stem cells when a good match from a registry is identified.1
Private cord blood banks store cord blood for you in case your child or someone in your immediate family needs it in the future. These private collections are owned by you and you decide how your baby’s cord blood is used. There are processing and storage fees associated with private cord blood banks.
Learn more about the pros and cons of public vs. private cord blood banks.
What is Important When Choosing a Cord Blood Bank?
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 has been setting standards for both public and private cord blood banking companies for over 20 years. LifebankUSA is registered with the FDA and accredited by AABB. Click here for a list of AABB-accredited cord blood banking companies in the U.S. and around the world.
As you’re making your cord blood bank comparisons, you may want to factor in the stability of the bank. You’re choosing to store your baby’s cord blood in case it might be needed in the future, so you don’t want the bank to go out of business. Parentsguidecordblood.org offers detailed reviews of every public and private cord blood bank in the U.S.
Learn more about the LifebankUSA difference and our reputation as a leader in stem cell banking.
How Does the Bank Collect and Store Blood?
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 across cord blood banking companies, and you’ll want to be sure that the cord blood bank complies with all federal standards.2
Other questions you should ask about collection and storage include:3
- Does the cord blood bank provide instructions and 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 cord blood bank? Is it affiliated with a hospital, research institution, or pharmaceutical/biotechnology company?
Find out what to expect from LifebankUSA’s simple collection process—from receiving your collection kit before your baby is born to our stem cell storage procedures.
Placental Stem Cell Banking Gives You Even More Opportunities
It’s a less known fact that placental blood is also an abundant source of important stem cells being researched for future medical treatments. 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,4 and transplanting more stem cells increases the probability of transplant success and survival.5
- Allows you to bank the unique stem cells in placental blood that have shown promise in the growing field of regenerative medicine,6,7,8 placing you and your family in the best position to benefit from ongoing developments in this field.
LifebankUSA is the only cord blood banking company to have pioneered the advanced technology to collect additional placental stem cells for today’s treatments, and unique placental stem cells for future medical advancements. We discovered unique stem cells that remained trapped in the blood vessels of the placenta, so we created an innovative retrieval method to collect those cells.
Learn more about the power of the placenta, our services, and our unique approach by downloading our FREE LifebankUSA Quick Guide to stem cell banking.
“I felt at ease that my doctor and his staff were very familiar with LifebankUSA’s collection kit. I also appreciated LifebankUSA’s flexible payment plans.”
– Lauren M., LifebankUSA client, New Jersey