What is cord blood?
How can cord blood help today?
How can cord blood help tomorrow?
How are cord blood stem cells stored and for how long?
Who is choosing to store cord blood?
- Families who want the security of a treatment option in the event of a medical crisis or scientific advancement
- Mixed race families who may have more difficulty obtaining a bone marrow match.
- Families with a known family history of illness treatable by stem cells.
Who can use the cord blood?
Will my baby’s cord blood ever be needed?
What is cord tissue?
What are the advantages of banking cord tissue?
What is the difference between Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells and Cord Tissue Stem Cells?
|Umbilical Cord Blood||Umbilical Cord Tissue|
|Rich source of hematopoietic (blood) stem cells||Rich source of mesenchymal stem cells|
|Hematopoietic stem cells are used in bone marrow transplants for 80+ diseases including cancer, genetic diseases and blood disorders.10||MSCs can inhibit inflammation, suppress the immune response, aid in tissue repair and differentiate into structural tissue including bone and cartilage.9|
|Clinical trials are investigating cord blood in the treatment of autism, acquired hearing loss, type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury.||Clinical development of cord tissue MSCs is at an early stage. MSCs from several tissues are in clinical trials to investigate treatments for heart failure, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and many more.8|
About Family Banking
What are the advantages to family banking?
- Perfect genetic match for your child
- May be a suitable match for a family member
- Ongoing medical history of the donor is known to the family
- Available immediately if needed
- Lower chance of transplant rejection
- Available at all Canadian hospitals and home deliveries
- Opportunity to participate in emerging clinical trials (i.e. Type 1 Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy) that require the use of the child’s own cord blood.
Can I donate to a public bank?
How do I select a cord blood bank?
- Competence: a listing of successful transplants from their stored units
- Experience: the number of families who have chosen their service
- Credibility: partnerships with leading hospitals, strong board of governance
- Accreditation: AABB and FACT
- Facility: purpose built and secure, availability of on-site tour
- Quality staff: Scientists, Certified Medical Laboratory Technologists, Registered Nurses
Is there a cost?
Government funding is not available to cover the expenses associated with family banking. The cost varies but generally averages $1,080-1,200 (plus tax) initially and then $125-150 for the annual storage of cord blood. For families also interested in saving cord tissue, the average cost is $700+$120 (annual storage fee). A variety of payment options are available to help make this affordable for all. For Insception Lifebank pricing please visit: https://www.insception.com/pricing
How do I become cord blood ready?
- Enroll online before your due date at enrolcb.com/ilb/
- Receive your collection kit
- Take collection kit with you to the hospital
How do I become cord blood educated?
- Attend a Parent Education Session at a location near you or online
- Speak to your healthcare provider
Delayed Cord Clamping
Can I delay the cord clamping if I want to collect cord blood?
Registration, Processing and Storage
When do I need to register?
When do I receive the collection kit?
During your registration, you will receive the date that your collection kit will be shipped and our client services team will confirm the date with you when they call tor review your registration
What should I do with the collection kit?
Review the “Instruction Booklet” included with the collection kit Store the kit indoors at room temperature, not in your car, where temperature extremes may affect the collection kit. Remember to take your cord blood collection kit with you to your birthing centre when you are ready to deliver. We recommend packing it along with your other personal items in the overnight bag you will be taking to the hospital.
What blood work will I need to have done?
- Hepatitis B (HBsAg)
- Hepatitis B Core Antibody (Anti-HBc)
- Hepatitis C (Anti-HCV)
- HIV 1/2
- HTLV I/II
- Syphilis Screen
- West Nile Virus
- Health Canada Regulations exclude those with certain blood transmissible diseases, including HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, from banking cord blood. If you think you may have such a disease or have engaged in a high-risk activity that may have exposed you to such a disease, please discuss with one of our Clinical Consultants before continuing with the enrolment process.
- If, after collecting and processing the cord blood, the maternal testing identifies an infectious disease which Health Canada lists as excluding a donor from cord blood banking, you will be contacted by one of our Clinical Consultants.
What happens during collection?
How much cord blood is enough?
What do I do once the cord blood is collected?
What will happen to my cord blood stem cells if I move?
What happens if I choose to stop storing my child’s stem cells?
- Donate to our research department
- Discard to medical waste
Insception Lifebank will require that you complete an authorization form to terminate storage before removing the cord blood stem cells from storage.
What happens if we need the stems cells?
If your child or another family member requires your cord blood or cord tissue for an approved use, your physician will contact our Release Manager and we will arrange the cord blood or cord tissue’s safe transportation. Insception Lifebank has extensive experience releasing cord blood units for clinical use both locally and internationally.
Can I be assured of a successful transplant using my cord blood stem cells?
Worldwide, more than 35,000 cord blood stem cell transplants have been performed. To date, the Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program has processed and released 14 cord blood units for transplant and 11 cord blood units for cellular therapies.
100% of the stored units at Insception Lifebank that were released for treatment met the criteria for transplant.
Will anyone else have access to my child’s stem cells?
Who regulates cord blood banks in Canada?
What is an Approved Use?
Approved uses of cord blood, or cord tissue, include approved therapies as per Health Canada & the FDA, approved clinical trials as per clinicaltrials.gov, or for therapeutic use approved by an independent ethics committee or Institutional Review Board.
How is my personal information kept confidential at Insception Lifebank?