Family Cord Blood Banking

Family cord blood banking, also known as private cord blood banking is the storage of your baby’s cord blood exclusively for your immediate family members. The cord blood is collected and stored for potential future autologous (used for the baby) or related allogeneic (siblings or other family members) transplants1. These privately stored units are only accessible and intended only for use by your baby or an immediate member of the family.

There are currently limited clinical indications of cord blood for autologous use2. It is not recommended to use one’s own stem cells for treating hereditary, genetic or haematological diseases3. However, in recent years, there have been clinical trials on the use of one’s own cord blood for cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, autism, etc., with increasing interest in new therapies for non-homologous use of cord blood4.

Family cord blood banking is a service provided by SCBB through its Community Cord Blood Banking initiative for parents who choose to store for their family. With this service, parents can initially store the cord blood units for their family and later donate to the public inventory, if the unit meet the public donation criteria.

There are different plans to suit your needs. Payments can be made utilizing Baby Bonus (CDA – Child Development Account) for Singaporeans or through bank transfer or cheque. Call us at 6394-5011 or email us to to find out more.

1 World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). The Utility of Autologous or Family Cord Blood Unit Storage: Policy Statement. 20110402-CBWG-INFO-Family Storage; April 2011

2 O’Connor M, Samuel G, Jordens C and Kerridge I. Umbilical cord blood banking: Beyond the public-private divide. J Law Medicine 2012;19:512-6

3 McKenna D. & Sheth J. Umbilical cord blood: current status & promise for the future. Indian J Med Res, 2011, 134:261-9

4 Roura S, Pujal JM, Galvez-Monton C and Bayes-Genis A (2015) The role and potential of umbilical cord blood in an era of new therapies: a review. Stem Cell Research & Therapy 2015, 6:123