How Can I Select the Best Company to Store My Baby’s Cord Blood?

cord blood storageChoosing where to store your child's cord blood can be a big decision. When comparing companies, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Is the company stable? For starters, how long have they been in business? It's important to take a look at the company's history. Are they publicly traded or privately owned? Have you seen the contract? Look for any clauses that let you know what will happen to your sample should the company be bought or go out of business. It's important to know that you will retain ownership of the sample. You will also want to know whether or not your sample will stay in the lab it is currently in or if it would be moved should the company go bankrupt or change hands.
  • Is the company's lab accredited? Accreditation for labs that store cord blood is offered by the AABB. This accreditation assures parents that the lab regularly passes procedural inspections by the American Association of Blood Banks.
  • What is the company's methodology? The preferred collection method among physicians and midwives is the gravity bag. Consider speaking with your physician or midwife about their preference. Also, does the company use a medical courier or do they rely on a company that cannot guarantee stable temperature during shipping? Does the lab receive samples 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?
  • Have there been successful transplants? Are you storing your child's cord blood with a company whose lab has a proven track record? Ask each company how many samples have been retrieved for treatment and if those samples were shown to be viable for transplant.
  • What is the cost? It is no secret that cord blood banking can be a big investment; luckily there is some variability in what different companies charge. It is important to find out if the company you are interested in makes an effort to make cord blood banking a possibility for every family. Some companies do offer discounts (especially for multiples), specials, and some even offer affordable payment plans. You may want to find out if you have to put money down right away, and if for any reason you default on your payments, what happens to your child's cord blood?

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  1. America says:

    We are on baby #4 who we are banking the cord blood with Viacord. We did it for our other three children. Yes it’s been very expensive but to us it’s been worth it. I hope to never have to use it but it’s nice to know that it there for our children if they should ever need it.

  2. I don’t think I would just yet make the decision to this topic. It has it’s ups and downs.

  3. Alanna says:

    This is some great information that I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of on my own

  4. Tymairia says:

    I would love to donate it seem great.but I will look into it more.

  5. Not only does cord blood banking seem great, but there is now cord tissue banking starting up too! These services can be used to cure all sorts of future illnesses your child might get, but the use of the blood/tissue banking typically ends up being used for a sibling or family member. Like when someone in the family falls ill and you “need a match” for whatever service, THAT is when this comes in handy. It’s not typically for the actual baby that you banked the blood for. The new tissue banking would be used more for that actual baby and is being tested for use against things like Parkinson’s, which would be amazing if it works!

    Unfrotunately, the cost of these services put them out of most people’s reach, which is desperately frustrating. After the first year, the costs break down to a fairly decent yearly price (average break down to $15/mo). But the first year costs $165 or more per month, and that is just impossible!

  6. Nat says:

    There is a program that just banks the blood for as need public use, just like a normal blood bank but it is very small and by hospital. I wish they would expand!

  7. Tina says:

    I love the idea and all the benefits of it but there is no way we could afford it. Wish it wasn’t so expensive!!!

  8. Darlynn says:

    Great info here but I’ve never thought of using this because i’ve never know what’s it for!?

  9. Marina says:

    Going to us ViaCord as they offer almost 1/3 off for nurses.

  10. Janice says:

    I would not pay anyone. I would charge them, and even if that were not appropriate, I still would not pay. Maybe the women who are the responsible party, get at least some sort of recognition for helping there fell man/women.

  11. brittney says:

    Banking your babies cord blood is so expensive, i’d love to be able to do it but how would i ever be able to afford that!!??

  12. JenniferLynn says:

    This is something new for me. But we don’t think we’ll do it.

  13. Julie says:

    Great information here, but I don’t think we will be banking the cord blood.

  14. Sasoo says:

    difficult decision.

  15. brandy says:

    awesome information

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