Expectant parents often wonder when they need to decide if they are going to bank their baby’s cord blood and when they need to register with a cord blood bank. While you can decide anytime during your pregnancy, we recommend beginning your research early in your second trimester. You want to have time to examine your options and not feel rushed. You should be able to gather information packets, make any phone calls, check out some unbiased sources and maybe even talk to your pregnant friends and your health care provider.
In addition, if you wait until the last minute to register, your cord blood bank may need to charge a rush fee to ensure that your cord blood collection kit makes it to you before the arrival of your baby. Since even scheduled babies sometimes arrive early, you don’t want to take a chance with the baby coming before your cord blood collection kit gets there.