Are you expecting a new baby and thinking about signing up to cord blood banking but don't know how or where to start? Here are some of the best practices that will guide you in enrolling with a private cord blood bank.
1. Research about the basics of saving the cord blood stem cells
The first step before signing up to cord blood banking is to educate yourself as much as possible about the basic process. This will help you decide whether to store your baby's cord blood or not. You can also ask for your family, doctor, or friend's opinion about it before making any decision. The internet offers a lot of information too, but it could be overwhelming especially if this is the first time you have heard about cord blood banking. Here’s a video to help you find about the importance of saving your newborn baby’s cord blood.
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2. Choose your private cord blood bank wisely
Although the storage cost is important in choosing a private cord blood bank, there are other essential factors that you should carefully consider as well such as the company's reputation, the storage lab's location, their collection and shipping process as well as the type of collection kit they use. Here are some useful tips that you should consider when selecting a private cord blood bank.
3. Read the storage agreement thoroughly before signing
Before signing the storage agreement, make sure that you understand all the contents of the document first. If there are some points that you think you need further clarifications, do not hesitate to ask your cord blood banking specialist. They should also provide you a copy of the signed document. Some private cord blood banks give them to you as soon as you sign up. With Cells4Life, you will receive a copy of stamped storage agreement together with your certificate, once the sample is collected and processed.
4. Get your collection kit
After you submit your signed storage agreement for saving the cord blood stem cells and have paid the initial deposit, you should receive your cord blood collection kit. You will keep this at home and bring with you to the hospital on your due date.
We recommend signing up to cord blood banking within 4 to 6 weeks of your expected delivery date, but you can sign up any time before that as well. We offer an early bird discount if you will enroll 3 months before your due date.
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If you want to learn more about the benefits of cord blood storage and the process, please feel free to speak with one of our cord blood banking specialists on +971 4 3116613 or send us an email.