Children from healthy families are diagnosed with diseases every day. That’s why, for many parents, the decision to bank cord blood provides assurance that they are planning a healthy future for their family. While there is 100 percent chance a child’s Cord Blood is a match for him/her, the possibilities of matching a sibling or other family members can be much higher than the possibility of finding an equally well matched unit from other sources. Studies have shown that using a sibling’s cord blood increases the chance of treatment success by 2 fold (63% versus 29%) when a related Cord Blood unit is used to treat multiple diseases.
There are several options to consider when shopping for a family cord blood bank. Parents can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed with all the information. As you’re doing your research, try to keep it simple by using this rule of thumb: Transplant success rates are an excellent way to determine the quality of a cord blood bank.
If you are shopping for the value of the cord blood unit if you should ever need it, then choose the cord blood bank with the most experience and with the highest published survival rates.
Be sure to allow enough time when selecting the cord blood bank that’s right for your family. Cord blood banks will typically need a couple of weeks to send your cord blood collection kit to your home so you have it in time for your trip to the hospital.