Did you just finished your research on the internet about cord blood banking and now would like to schedule an appointment with a specialist to learn more? Here are some of the most important questions that you need to ask the cord blood banking representative:
1. What is the geographic location of the laboratory and storage facility?
Timing is critical in terms of your baby’s cord blood sample quality. Ask the cord blood bank about the location of their laboratory and how many miles your sample has to travel from the airport to the laboratory before it can be processed.
The Cells4Life laboratory is based in Sussex, easily accessible to the Gatwick UK airport and we are close to all modes of transportation that ensures timely arrival of your sample to the lab.
2. Will your baby’s cord blood sample be shipped to the laboratory in a specially designed medical container?
You need to ensure that your sample is not shipped with gel packs as the required temperature is not maintained for the duration of the shipment – this is also critical to your baby’s cord blood sample quality.
Cells4Life’s state-of-the-art cord blood collection kit contains a built-in NanoCool, a reliable refrigerated shipping system which maintains temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for over 72 hours. This keeps the cord blood sample’s quality during long hours of transportation.
3. Is the laboratory privately owned facility or do they simply provide storage for a number of different companies and services?
Check if the company you choose is privately owned and is not simply a storage facility for commercial companies. Cells4Life specializes in the storage of cord blood storage ensuring your samples are handled with utmost care and expertise.
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4. Is your sample stored in two separate geographical locations and multiple sub-divisions for safety?
Do not limit the use of your important baby’s stem cells by allowing it to be stored in only one portion. At Cells4Life your sample is sub-divided into multiple subdivisions to allow you to use your sample a number of times and not just once in the future. The samples are also stored in two separate laboratories in the UK for more security.
5. Is the contract signed legally by the cord blood bank?
Ensure that your contract is legitimate and protects you. Be wary of contracts that are simply created and signed by a third party on behalf of the storage location. Your contract must be a legal document between you and where your sample is stored.
Your storage agreement with Cells4Life is a pre-signed legal document by the laboratory in the UK as per the UK and EU law.
6. What type of records should you receive after the storage?
Cells4Life laboratory provide you with a Testing Certificate providing the full details of your sample’s quality, such as the total nucleated cell count (TNCC), viability, sterility and maternal disease markers. Ensure that tests are performed on your sample as they are critical components for cord blood transplant.
7. What type of accreditation/s does the storage facility carry?
In most banks your baby’s cord blood is stored in the lab where it was processed, and the accreditation of the lab covers the storage conditions. Ensure that the laboratory where your sample is processed and the storage facility are both accredited by a recognized governing body.
Cells4Life stores your baby’s cord blood sample in two separate geographical locations in the UK. Cells4Life also has HTA (Human Tissue Authority) accreditation, license #11083.
8. Can the company supply you with clinical proof of their processing methods and statements?
Cells4Life is a company started by medical doctors and healthcare professionals in the UK with the highest level of expertise in cord blood and tissue stem cell banking. Every statement made with reference to clinical processes in Cells4Life is supported backed up by reference to clinical studies and scientific documents, as is the ethical and normal practice in the medical world. Be wary of inexperienced commercial companies who cannot provide you with clinical proof and data.
By asking and discussing the above mentioned questions with your cord blood banking specialist, you should be able to decide which cord blood banking company is the best for saving your baby’s cord blood.