This is an important decision for you and your family. Choose carefully as this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to store your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells at birth. Consider these factors in making an informed decision. Family cord blood banks can differ in quality and services.
#1 Trust and Reliability
Your baby’s cord blood contains potentially life-saving stem cells. Look for a reliable family cord blood bank that can safeguard this precious resource for the long haul (at least 15-20 years). Some banks may also provide cord tissue banking services. So, check it out!
#2 Choose an internationally accredited bank
Ask if the cord blood bank is accredited by independent international organisations such as American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) or Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). These accreditations certify the family cord blood bank’s quality, standards and compliance with stringent protocols.
#3 Transplant Track Record
Look for a proven transplant track record which signifies the family cord blood bank’s experience and quality in storing viable cord stem cells fit for transplant when the need arises.
#4 Financial Costs
Contrary to popular belief, cord blood banking is affordable. Remember that you can also utilise the government baby bonus to help offset the storage cost. So awesome! But, do find out the initial outlay cost and yearly payments. Financial prudence is essential for pregnancy care.
#5 Ask your doctor and friends
Seek the opinions of your obstetrician, family, friends and find out more before deciding. Do your own research and attend antenatal talks to ask the experts!
Credit: Dr. Tan Thiam Chye, Pregnancy Singapore