Now that you’ve made the excellent decision to bank your baby’s cord blood or cord tissue, there are a few crucial questions to ask before you choose a bank. In this post, we’ve highlighted some of the tough cord blood questions to get answers to before you make your final choice.
To make sure that we were thorough, we even turned these questions around and posed to our team. We’re very happy to share the answers with you below:
Q1: What instructional tools are provided for the physician and delivery staff?
A: Upon delivery, healthcare providers receive detailed instructions on how to label and prepare the cord blood or cord tissue sample. The information is also available on our website.
Q2: How long has the company been banking cord blood?
A: Founded in 1996, Insception Lifebank is Canada’s first, largest and most experienced cord blood program, with more releases than all Canadian cord blood banks combined. In partnership with leading Canadian medical and research institutions, such as Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and The Scarborough Hospital, Insception Lifebank has the long-term professional governance and the financial stability to continue to provide every Canadian family with secure, state-of-the-art processing and storage for their children’s precious stem cells.
Q3: Is the cord blood laboratory accredited by an agency that has specific standards for cord blood banks and conducts inspections?
Q4: What’s the pricing break down for banking?
A: We recognize that different families have different needs. That’s why we’re proud to offer a variety of payment plans to suit our clients’ needs. The storage services break down into a 1-time service fee and annual payment plans All of these options are explained here.
Q5: Does the bank guarantee to get the blood to the lab and processed within a certain time window?
A: Within two hours of your baby’s birth, you’ll call us. Then, we’ll arrange for pick up of your cord blood unit by our medical courier within 24 hours of receiving your phone call. Our staff will provide a confirmation call within 24 hours of receipt of your unit at our facility.
Q6: How long can cord blood or cord tissue be preserved?
A: Theoretically, cryogenic scientists have estimated that living cells stored in liquid nitrogen could survive for centuries25. Obviously, however, this has not yet been tested with real cells!
In terms of real data demonstrating the stability of cryopreserved cord blood, cord blood banks have relied on studies conducted by Hal E. Broxmeyer, Distinguished Professor and Mary Margaret Walther, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Most recently, Dr. Broxmeyer’s, has referenced work demonstrating the efficient recovery of cells from cord blood after 24 years of storage (see: Cord blood hematopoietic stem cell transplantation). At Insception Lifebank, we have demonstrated efficient cell recoveries from cord blood samples that were banked in 1998. In fact, 2 samples banked in 1998 were used in a diabetes clinical trial in 2009, demonstrating these samples remained robust after 11 years of storage.
Have more questions? Call (1-866-606-2790) or send us a message!