If you’re choosing between cord blood banks, there are some important questions you’ll want to be sure you have answered prior to making your final decision.
1) Where do you store the cord blood?
Be sure that your cord blood bank has state-of-the-art facilities and provides maximum security and protection. Storage containers should be able to maintain their internal temperatures within one degree for up to thirty days in case of a power failure, and also have a redundant, on-site generator. Additionally, features such as on-site liquid nitrogen will result in lower costs to you. Learn about NECBB’s exceptional processing and storage laboratory here.
2) How will I be able to access my stem cells in the future?
Ideally, you will never have to retrieve your baby’s cord blood from storage. However, should you need to use the stem cells from your stored cord blood, it is important that you feel confident in the process and system used by the cord blood bank to safely carry your stem cells to the correct location. New England Cord Blood will arrange for the safe and secure transportation of your stem cells if they are ever needed.
3) What is the total cost of cord blood banking, including storage and all fees?
Be sure to get a full breakdown of every cost, including long-term storage. Sometimes a low price is shown upfront, but then hidden fees continue to add up over time. Be sure to find out if there are programs, discounts, promotions, and payment plans to accommodate your specific needs. NECBB’s rates are among the most competitive in the industry.
4) How is the umbilical cord collection kit delivered to the facility and where is it processed?
It is important that your cord blood bank owns and operates their lab, and that you know the exact location of that facility. Ideally, you will be able to have the collection kit delivered by personal courier or overnight FedEx for greater distances. Cord blood and cord tissue should always be kept at room temperature. You will also want to be assured of seamless communication along the way. Learn about our collection and processing procedures here.
5) What are the facility’s credentials?
The cord blood bank you use must be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) to procure, process and store umbilical cord blood stem cells used for transplantation. The cord blood bank’s methods and protocols should be approved by the FDA, and they should be able to show all necessary state registrations and licenses. View NECBB’s credentials.
6) Does the cord blood bank actively seek and support new treatment opportunities?
You will want to work with a cord blood bank that is focused on helping the entire medical community. A team of people devoted to the science of keeping people healthy is more likely to have the right level of passion and expertise. Learn about NECBB’s involvement in treatment and research.
Contact us to get your questions answered and learn how cord blood banking may be beneficial for your family.