BABY Arielle Herman's arrival did not come easily. Her mother, Donna-marie Macpanas, had endured 14 failed IVF attempts and two miscarriages before eventually conceiving Arielle using a donor egg last year.
She and her husband, Alan Herman, decided to store Arielle's cord blood and tissue with a private cord blood bank when she was born on June 30.
''After all the effort we went to to have her, we wanted to ensure she had the best possible future,'' Ms Macpanas said.
''If she got a condition which could be potentially treated using cord blood or cord tissue and we hadn't banked it, I don't think we would have forgiven ourselves.''
As Arielle is biologically related only to Mr Herman, the couple felt that banking her cord blood with Cell Care would provide an extra element of protection should she ever need a matching donor.
The donor is in South Africa and the donation was anonymous.
''If we do need to … use bone marrow in the future, there would be less potential for finding a match with family members in Australia,'' the 43-year-old Adelaide mother said.
She and her husband were not deterred by the cost of private cord blood banking, having already spent more than $100,000 on their attempts to have a baby.
''After we had already spent so much money to have her, we thought, what's another $5000? It's peace of mind,'' she said.
While she understands there are no guarantees about the future of stem cell treatment in Australia, she believes there are enormous possibilities.