This is a discussion on Cord Blood Banking within the Third Trimester forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Originally Posted by Dee Ho I chose to opt for it for my first born.... as I dont know what ...
or if your gynae is Dr Caroline, the registration fee is $850.
annual fee is $250, can cease anytime.
if you are referred to sign up, the following year you pay $200
if you refer ppl, the following year you pay $150.
Looking for referral for Cordlife, anyone interested pls email me at email@example.com. Signing up their Christmas promotion with $500 discount until 20 Dec. First come first serve.. ** Thanks, got referral already **
Last edited by stv147; 14-12-2008 at 10:20 AM.
I would like to share that i have done cord blood banking. Being a 1st time mother, i really did not know the merits of cord blood banking. My gyane was the one who pushed me to consider it. I dont think she gets a commission from anyone, so definately trustworthy.
Here are the main reasons why i chose to do private cord blood banking:
1. Cord blood banking is the ONLY way safeguard my family's future health. Buying medical insurance will only cover the medical bill, it does not guarantee total recovery. Banking cord blood can ONLY be done at birth.
2. THere are so many uses of cord blood stem cells, and is growing by the day. There are 80 treatable diseases that can be cured by cord blood.
If you dont already know, there are only 2 players in private cord blood banking in Singapore. So i spent 2 saturdays attending their seminars. Of course, they both claim to be better than the other competitor in the market. So i had to do some research.
Why i chose CordLife:
1. their CordLife Quality Guarantee - It assures you of a cord blood replacement or a compensation of up to US$25,000 if the cord blood loses its viability at the point of transplant.
2. superior Sepax - automated cord blood processing technology
3. AABB accreditation. The ONLY private cord blood bank that has it in SG.
4. They are the only one who has a proven and successful track record.
Check out the Cordlife video:
I know most parents think that doing private cord blood banking is EXPENSIVE. Have to spend so much money, when there are so many more things to spend $ on.
You can use the government's Baby Bonus to Pay for it!!! Yippee!!! That's what i did! So no cash out from me at all. Baby Bonus is free money anyway!
Do consider private cord blood banking and if you do so, choose CordLife.
Just sign up the Cordlife for my baby yesterday.
Total paid $963.00 include GST after deduct $50.00 because I have referel and FBI card $450.00. (I sign up at Thomson Medical Centre)
Just play safe rather than regret in future....
Anyone need referel, can just PM me..
I was doing my own research before I delivered in Jan 2007.
My conclusion was to either donate to public bank or not donate at all. Unfortunately, I was not able to sign up for public donation before I delivered, so we did not donate.
WHY NOT PRIVATE?
- You & your family only get to use what you have stored from your child. & you will need to bear all costs of testing for suitability. For public bank, the tests are all subsidized.
- You do not have priority to others' cord blood since you did not donate to public bank. By others, it not only mean within SG. If I recall correctly, SG has joined up with other countries to expand our pool of resources.
- You pay expensive premiums not knowing if you will get to use them or if what you stored will be viable by the time you need them.
- You never know when the company will close down.
- You are not able to transfer the cord blood that belongs to you to a public bank if you decide to stop payments. Which means you basically paid for nothing.
- When someone in your family really needs it, you'll be in a dilemma. To give it up or to keep it in case you/hubby/kids fall ill and need it. (Trust me, I've seen 2 of such cases already & there's alot of family politics because of this issue. If they had donated to public bank, they would not have this issue at all. You won't want this type of politics when the family should be focusing on looking after the patient.)
Btw, when I delivered, I saw my gynae push all the cord blood into my boy before he clamp the cord. I asked him why & he said that by doing so, the child will also be stronger & more resistant to illnesses. Similar to Jopeck, the cord was soft when my gynae cut it, unlike in the videos I saw online where they need to harvest the cord blood.
Then again, if I'm filthy rich, I wouldn't mind storing in private for 1 child & donating for the 2nd & 3rd child. Maximise your chances all around.
Empty vessels make the most noise
after meeting up with the stemcord executive, stemcord cos my gynae is 'tied up with them... the 1st time registration can be pay by the baby bonus scheme, (need to submit some form they require after child birth) then 2nd year is free..3rd year onwards is $250 per year, if you have referral, they ll rebate you $50. baby bonus can only pay till your kid 6 yrs old. after that you pay a annual fee of $250.you can choose to continue or stop the banking.... there's no limit to the banking.. it will be under the mummy's name.. i think its buying a assurance... plus can use the baby bonus..might as well...
i donated to the singapore cord blood bank.
does anyone know how long we can store the cord blood...for lifetime? still torn btw whether we should select private banking cos its quite ex, also have to make a one-time payment for e admin fees. but seems that cordlife ($800 + $250/yr) is cheaper than stem cord ($1280 + $250/yr). also notice that cordlife has a warranty in the event that the cord blood is lost or damaged.
Any mummies kind to share what are the procedures to donate to public cord blood bank? Any cost involved? Do we have to undergo any test to certify before we can donate?
hi sufiet0115, if i rmb correctly, what happen is before you deliver, they will ask you to fill up a questionaire, mainly knowing if you have any family history of certain sickness n your own health qns (like do you smoke all those thingy).
on the day you deliver, they will ask you to sign a form to acknowledge that you want to donate your cord blood.
after you deliver they will collect the blood in the cord blood n take a small portion to do test on whether your cord blood is suitable for usage.
if it is, they will store it. if not, they will discard it.
i think when your baby is arnd 6 mths or something they will call you n ask you about your baby's condition (seeing any defiency or sickness).
but for me, i dont rmb them calling me at all..
anyway, all info will be kept confidential, so even if your cord blood is used, no one will know its from you.
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
There is one nurse coordinator being assigned to you and she will do a follow up with you 2wks, 1 month, 6mth to 1 yr (if i didnt rember wrongly) to check on you and baby doing. Subsequently, if you or baby develop any fever etc, must inform SCBB too.
It's totally free of charge whereby it was stored in the public bank and in future should you or any family member need to use it, you can contact the assigned doc (given on the consent form) to check whether your cord blood have to release it to public, if not, they will draw it out and give it back to you.
Thanks ting & joeyz for your info.
As i have high blood pressure condition, so i'm not sure whether i am suitable to donate?? will check with my gynae on my condition on next visit @ 35 weeks...hope it's still not too late then.
Thanx for sharing your opinions and thoughts in all the forums, it helps us alot in the decision makings. After i've made a reasearch, eventually my hubby n i choose to bank our baby's cord blood. because one of my church friends didn't bank nor get the donated matched cord blood for his son. His 5 years old son was suffering with leukimia last year, and he couldn't manage to see his 6 years birthday, as he passed away 2 months before his birthday. It's quite paintful though though when we whitness the love ones has to suffer and go early. If only there is an available matched stem cells for the treatment, the boy would still be surviving and slowly recover under the intensive treatment.
Well those phrases (below) have made us realise that how important is one time chance and we shouldn't take life or things for granted. my hubby and I have attended two talks from 2 privated cord blood bank, stemcord and cordlife. Both offers a very attractive price packages, but only one of them gives me an ease of assurance, which is cordlife. We have decided to choose cordlife, because they allow me to go to their lab and also whitness the process. It's more transparent than stemcord. I've heard and seen how they control the quality and the process of storing the cord blood and seperating the important cells to be saved. It's more clear and i've understood the prodecure. But for stemcord it's only by verbal, which may not be credible, because i can't whitness how is the conservation of the cord blood.
Mu hubby said cordlife has converted into the greenbook, which is the company has become profitable. So i dont't have to worry for the company to close down and what will they do to the cord blood that i've placed there. For stemcord, i'm not too sure, as there is a limited of info is provided.
So mummies, when it comes to one life chance, be wise and dont't waste it.
Pss.. Please pm me if you have an info which confinement nanny agency should i choose? what food should i eat for my 6-7 pregnancies, as i'm more sensitive and allergic to flour and rice, but i want to give my baby enough nutritions. Thanx..
"If there is a chance, why would you waste it? why dont't we create a chance and opportunity instead of waiting for them to come?" by anymous
hubby decided to sign up with Cordlife too
I signed up with StemCord.
Reason being StemCord stores the cells in 2 places while Cordlife only 1.
Morever Cordlife & StemCord uses the same retrieval method (manually) but StemCord is cheaper. (StemCord $850, Cordlife $950)
Cordlife has the machine tech but if you want them to use machine to retrieve, they will charge you few hundreds more.
For annual fees both are the same @ $250 per year.
Both companies can use baby bonus to deduct.
No need to worry about StemCord closing down or whatsoever. Cos the contract states that if StemCord closes, it will arrange for the stem cells to be stored with another co at no add charge. Not sure about Cordlife's policy on this though.
Hope this helps. =)
anybody knows if can donate to public bank and also keep cord blood at private bank? I thought of doing that, but not sure if it is do-able.....
first of all, i want to qualify that my post below is not intended to say that any mummy has the wrong thing by choosing pte cord blood banking. it's also not meant to make mummy who has done so worry, anxious, guilty or have any negative feelings. i just believe in having access to information and then making INFORMED decisions without falling prey to commercial hard-sell ploys that try to take advantage of a parent-to-be's vulnerability. so please dont't be offended. =)
cluelessmummy is not clueless at all, and stonston's posting has a lot of wisdom in it.
for my hubby and i, we read up on pte cord blood banking and also attended at talk by the singapore public cordblood bank at Kandang Kerbau Hospital as part of a free breastfeeding seminar available for all Kandang Kerbau Hospital patients. we specifically didn't want to attend the seminars by pte pte cordblood banking because we were aware of the kind of tactic and approach, I call it emotional blackmail, that the sales consultants will use to persuade us to sign up.
the reasons why believe what pte cordblood banks claim are over-exaggerated are the same as what clueless mummy and stonston have shared. the chances of using the cord blood for the same child later in his/her life is slim, although the cord blood can potentially be used for the parent or an older sibling. in addition, there are also inherent ethical issues which have caused certain countries in North America and Europe to discourage or ban private cordblood banking altogether (eg France, Italy, American Association of Paediatrics). Moreover, there are potential dangers in the way cord blood is harvested for pte banking, to ensure that a sufficiently large amount is harvested for banking and can subsequently be of effective cure. I bet the pte cordblood banks never tell potential customers about these things.
I have an excellent article from Straits Times published last year where the senior writer spelt our all these negative factors clearly and simply. To avoid offending anyone, I shall not post it here. if you are keen to read it, please PM me with your email address and I will send it to you.
our final decision: we asked our gynae to delay clamping the cord until all the cordblood has gone to the baby and the cord has turned white and soft before clamping. This is for the same reason as stonston's gynae said.
i would encourage mummies to either go public for the public good, or delay clamping and give your baby all the benefits of the cordblood now if the medical situation at the point of delivery allows. but more importantly, read up first, then talk to pte banks if you wish, but also ask them tough questions and see what they have to say. if you eventually still choose to go private, at least you would have done your due diligience, weighed all the pros and cons and made an informed decision.
have a good weekend, everyone! =)
Tandem nursing 31mo Korkor and 10mo Didi!
i've finally signed up with cordlife last week since they were having an event.
we were debating whether to go private or public and went for the different talks and consulted my pediatrician and gyne about cordblood banking, we still decided to go private.
bottom line is for all those who bank their cordblood, nobody wants to use it. but we thought if we needed our baby's cordblood whether for a sibiling or for myself, i would be so grateful that i'll have access to it.
my number 1 concern was about the early clamping so the cord blood being taken away from my baby, my gyne told me that these days babies are so well nourished, they have too much blood in their body that results in jaundice, their liver is unable to process the substance (dont't remember the medical term) out of the body fast enough. in the older days, it's probably more important for the baby to get all the cordblood s/he can get.
but this is only 1 opinion from 1 gyne.......so best to check with your own. all the PDs we've met said the same thing, if you can afford it, keep it. especially if you have blood diseases in the family.
that said, if anyone wants a referral from cordlife, please pm me. this will give you $50 off your upfront fees and i'll get some shopping vouchers on my end....
extra money for baby diapers is always good!
have you got the referral ? I need referral for cordlife as i am going to sign the package later. Please e-mail to me : Vincenz75@hotmail.com so that i can exchange the information for the referral. Win-win for both...
hi vinc, i've emailed you!
interesting news for cordblood bankers......it's always nice to know that it's useful when we have it!
Stem cells treat cerebral palsy
By Judith Tan
The Conns had spent 18 months researching on the Internet and had, at that time, thought their only option was Duke University.
View more photos
TWO-YEAR-OLD Georgia Conn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, but is now showing signs of improvement from the disorder after an infusion of her own stem cells - made possible by the banking of her own cord blood shortly after birth.
She was given the infusion on Sept 8 by neurosurgeon Keith Goh in Singapore - making it the first time stem cells from a baby's own cord blood used to treat cerebral palsy here.
It was carried out at the Conns' home after the Health Ministry (MOH) gave the greenlight.
Dr Goh said: 'There was no ethical issue as the cord blood was Georgia's own.'
The Conns had spent 18 months researching on the Internet and had, at that time, thought their only option was Duke University in the United States where 97 children with cerebral palsy were treated with their own cord blood.
Dr Goh has since applied to MOH to conduct clinical trials on using cord blood stem cells to treat cerebral palsy here and hopes to start them early next year.