Frequently asked questions:

Please do not hesitate to call us at +31 (0)33 465 8 222 or email us at info@stamcelbank.nl if anything is unclear or you cannot find the right answer to your question.

Questions about the procedure:

At your request we courier the special collection kit to your address. The kit contains the blood bag and all consumables needed for your medical specialist or mid wife to collect the cord blood. >A video explanation of the procedure

Every midwife or medical specialist is able to collect your child’s cord blood. They are all familiar with collecting blood for the Rhesus-test. In principal the handling is identical except the volume of blood that needs to be collected is greater.

In the collection kit you find one page with a clear explanation of the procedure to hand over to the medical specialist or midwife if needed.

Immediately after clamping the remaining cord blood is collected. The moment of clamping is decided by the medical specialists or midwife. See the explanation about delayed clamping in the special section below

For the best result the collected cord blood should be in our lab within 72 hours. Please call as soon as you have the collection kit ready for pick up. If you deliver in the night please call early morning.

In principal stem cells can be banked indefinitly. Scientically proven is a period of 23 years without a significant loss of viability. There is no reason to expect that a different length of time will give different results.

More is better. The collection bag can contain 250 cc. Any amount is important but the actiog professional should try to collect at least 60 cc. Any quantity wil be tested in our lab as sometimes a low volume can hold a high number of stem cells. But again MORE is better.

No. The cord has three blood vessel. Normally you would select the largest one but any will do.

Yes, Cord blood can be collected with a Caesarian section. Just tell your medical professional in time that you want to save the cord blood.

When you give birth to fraternal twins you need two separate sets because each baby has its own placenta. In case of an identical twin you only need one set.

Do not forget to call our pick-up number asap. Just keep the packed collection kit at room temperature. No need to place the collection kit in the fridge.

Please place the bloodbag properly packed in the box and add all the filled out form and the two blood tubes of the mother. Put the collection kit in the DHL envelop and place the shipping form on top of it.

Call our number and we will arrange the courier to pick up the package. Pick up can be arranged from the hospital or home address. Call us asap after delivery.

Unfortunately not. In approx 5% of the cases we cannot isolate sufficient stem cells to bank meaningfully.  Our lab staff will in, 99,9% of the cases, follow the isolation and freezing protocol even with very low volumes and/or viability. In these cases our specialists will contact you to discuss the options.

Questions about costs

The one-time start-up fee is €296,50 which includes the collection kit, the courier service, the isolation and freezing procedure. The yearly fee is €121 euro per year to keep the stem cells banked. The payment is divided in 4 quarterly payment of € 30,25 each. The yearly payment is fixed for the first 20 years.

You do not have to pay anything in advance. Just fill in the application form and we will send you the collection kit free of charge. If we have received the collection kit with the cord blood, our lab will isolate the stem cells and store it temporarily. You only pay the start-up fee if the stem cells are stored successfully. If the number of stem cells or the viability is too low and you decide not to go ahead you will not pay anything.

Yes, it is the easiest and savest method of payment. The only payment that you need to execute yourself is the start-up fee. If you want to discuss a different form of payment please call us directly. We will always try to find a solution.

The duration of the contract is in principle indefinite as stem cells can be used in all phases of life. We have a mandatory minimum of 10 years and after that it is up to the parent(s) or the (grown up) child to decide the length of contract.

Questions about ownership & use

You. the parent(s), are the legal owner(s) of the preserved stem cells until your child is old enough to decided for her or himself.

The banked stem cells are of course a 100% match for the child itself. For siblings  there is a 25% matching chance. For non-related persons the chance for a match is one in 55.000 or less. A workable match is never a 100% match. There is no other person in the world with an identical match except fraternal twins.

When the stem cells are needed for a medical procedure the acting doctor will make a request for the stem cells. Of course the parents or the child will always have to approve. Together with the doctor and/or hospital SCBN will decide the moment of the release of the stem cells . A dedicated transport company will transport the stem cells to the agreed destination. In principal stem cells can be anywhere in world within 24 hours, but normally a stem cell infusion is planned well ahead and urgent transport is not necessary.

Other questions & misunderstandigs.

In case of genetic diseases donor stem cells are used to treat the disease. In all other cases your body’s own stem cells are always first choice. In case of a genetic form of leukemia  (50% of the cases) donor stem cells are the standard operating procedure. All though some cases of genetic leukemia have been treated successfully with the patient’s own stem cells.

Donor stem cells are a great option, but it is no match for your own stem cells. Stem cell transplantation recipients have on average a 40% change to die due to the graft-versus-host reaction that occurs after transplant. Medication is always needed to fight that reaction. With a transplant of your own stem cells there will be no risk for that reaction. If you as a parent consider donating your child’s stem cells than another option could be to volunteer as a donor yourself. See the options at www.matchis.nl

Stories circulate that the number of stem cells in your child’s cord blood is not enough for a treatment. First of all calculations regarding the effective number of stem cells for a full bone marrow transplant are based on allogeneic (donor) stem cells. In many cases cord blood of two unrelated donors are given to double the chance that a graft will hold. As we learn more about stem cells the number of stem cells used for a treatment is also decreasing. A Dutch boy treated at Duke university used only half of the banked stem cells for his treatment.

There is also the option to differentiate stem cells prior to infusion to increase the number of effective progenitor cells in which also a lower number of stem cells can be effective.

The story of the Dutch lady Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper says enough about the effective number of stem cells as she had only two blood forming stem cells left.

We get a lot of questions about delayed clamping. “Can we bank stem cells even after delayed clamping” “Is it not better for the child” “Is it not better to bank stem cells” etc.

The scientific discussion once was primarily about A: Immediate clamping or B: exercise a delay for 10 to 20 seconds before .

These days midwifes sometimes suggest clamping after a substantial amount of time. An important scientific research concluded as follows:  The time of delayed cord clamping is a matter of controversy: Yao et al. showed that the first, and most significant, placental transfusion occurs 10 to 15 seconds after delivery (Figure 1), followed by a period of insignificant gain of blood at 30 and 45 seconds” ( ispub.com/IJPN/11/2/13641)

SCBN does not interfere with the decision you make together with the acting medical professional but one to two minutes, if you choose to do so, is more than sufficient.

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