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Cord Blood Banking - Make No Mistake

When it comes to an important decision like cord blood banking, the details matter. Find out why Cordlife’s dual international accreditations and fully-automated end-to-end closed processing technology can give you peace of mind.

If you are a parent-to-be, storing your newborn’s cord blood stem cells will no doubt be on your mind.

And why wouldn’t it? Cord blood banking is possibly one of the most sophisticated medical safeguards you can gift your children. As it is rich in stem cells, it can be used as a form of regenerative medicine for the future.

To date, over 80 major diseases can be treated with cord blood, including leukaemia, lymphoma and thalassemia. The list of treatable conditions is set to grow as rigorous clinical trials continue. As you only get one chance to save your baby’s cord blood, it is crucial to pick a family cord blood bank that you can trust. Do your research as it is the fine details that differentiate an excellent service provider from a mediocre one.

The Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, an educational resource for parents, recommends selecting a family cord blood bank that has passed at least one international accreditation standard – the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) or FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy). ¹ These accreditations ensure that labs adhere to best practices in handling, processing and storing cord blood through regular and rigorous audits.

A family cord blood bank’s list of successful transplants is also proof that their processing and storage methods meet international quality standards to ensure usability of the cord blood stem cells in future, should the need arise.

Parents should also look at other factors, such as whether the family cord blood bank adopts a fully automated process from the receipt of cord blood units up to storage. This maximizes the number of precious stem cells that can be harvested by eliminating any chance of human error and cross-contamination which may affect the usability of the cord blood unit.

The good news: Singapore-based family cord blood and cord lining bank – Cordlife, which has been established for over 16 years, has both international accreditations under its belt, and is one of six family cord blood banks in the world to have achieved this. As a technology pioneer, they are also the first family cord blood bank in Singapore to have implemented a fully-automated processing technology that has enabled 56,000 families to enjoy a greater peace of mind.

This article was adapted from Young Parents, Issue Sep 2017.

¹ Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation. FAQ. Retrieved Aug 7, 2018. https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/faqs#q-18082

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