Cordlife Feature Part 2 - Choosing the Right Cord Blood Bank

26/07/2016

 

The vital connection between the mother and child through the umbilical cord is an invaluable one. In Part One of the cord blood banking series, we shared about how the stem cells from your child’s cord blood and cord lining can help to treat life-threatening diseases for both self, siblings or matched recipients.


Cord blood and cord lining are rich sources of stem cells. Both cord blood and cord lining contain stem-cells for blood-forming, infrastructure-building and have the potential to treat diseases through providing new cells to replace damaged, diseased or defective cells.

Diseases that stem cells can potentially treat include most blood cancers such as leukaemia, blood disorders and solid tumours. The list will continue to expand as more clinical trials are held to ascertain that other health conditions such as autism, heart disease, liver failure, damaged tissue can also be treated with stem cells. In Singapore, about 100 new cases of childhood cancers are detected in children younger than 15 years old every year.

 


How then do you harness the value of the cord blood for the future?

It is critical to select a cord blood bank that is trusted and accredited to store cord blood and cord lining in ideal environments. Only with proper storage can the stem cells of your child’s cord blood be harnessed for the future. Hence, we recommend the following ten questions that should be posed to a cord blood bank:

 

1. What is its wealth of experience in cord blood banking?

2. Does it have a long-standing international accreditation?

3. Is it a technology pioneer?

4. Does it have a fully-owned facility?

5. What is its financial transparency?

6. Does it provide financial protection for you and your child?

7. Does it protect your pregnancy?

8. Does it offer quality and safety assurance?

9. Is it equipped with a proven storage method?

10. Any successful transplant track records?

 

With the questions adequately answered, you would have a better understanding about the cord blood bank, its track record, facilities and level of quality assurance.


Be discerning, the choice of a cord blood bank would help maximise the value of your child’s cord blood and cord lining.


Cordlife Singapore is Asia’s first dual accredited blood bank. It is also the oldest cord blood bank in Singapore, with dual accreditations by AABB and FACT. AABB, “American Association for Blood Banks” is a non-profit international association of organizations involved in transfusion and cell transplantation. In November 2015, Cordlife was also accredited by FACT “the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy” – the leader in international standards for cellular therapy and laboratory practices of exceptional quality. The FACT accreditation, used in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is a symbol of excellence that adheres to stringent standards, rigorous and thorough inspections.


We’d be sharing more about the difference between donating and banking your child’s cord blood in part three of the cord blood banking series. For more on cord blood banking, visit cordlife.com/sg or call 6238 0808.