You’ve probably heard about cord blood banking and may have even been asked by your doctor already if you’re planning on doing it, but I’m sure you also have a ton of questions. Hopefully I can answer all of the questions you have and help you make your decision.
What Is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood is full of stem cells and is found in the umbilical cord. It can be collected at birth, shortly after delivery, and saved to treat your family for a variety of diseases. There are a variety of private companies that will store your cord blood for you for an annual fee. We used Cord Blood Registry and were extremely happy.
How Is It Collected?
When you sign up with a cord blood banking company, they will send you a collection package. All you have to do is fill out a form inside and your doctor handles the rest.
The doctor’s part is pretty simple also and the process is completely painless for you and your baby. After the umbilical cord is cut, a needle is inserted into the part of the cord attached to the placenta and the blood is taken out. The storage container for the blood is provided in the collection kit.
Once the collection is completed the storage company is called and someone comes to pick up your collection package.
What’s Cord Blood Good For?
Stem cells can develop into other types of cells, so they can be used to treat a huge variety of diseases. These diseases include a variety of cancers, like leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and metabolic disorders, like Krabbe and Sanfilippo.
Other diseases currently treated with cord blood stem cells include (but aren’t limited to):
- Blood Disorders
- Acute Myelofibrosis
- Aplastic Anemia
- Congenital Cytopenia
- Pure Red Cell Aplasia
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Chronic Active Epstein Barr
- Ewing Sarcoma
- Hodgkin’s Lymphona
- Multiple Myeloma
- Wilms Tumor
- Immune Disorders
- Chronic Granulomatous Disease
- Evan’s Syndrome
- IKK Gamma Deficiency
- Thymic Dysplasia
- Metabolic Disorders
- Gunther Disease
- Hunter Syndrome
- Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
- Niemann-Pick Disease
- Tay Sachs
There are some key disorders that are currently in clinical trials with stem cell treatments. These include:
- Cerebral Palsey; and
- Hearing loss
Additional potential disorders that may be able to be treated with stem cells either now or in the future are:
- Heart disease
- Neurological issues
- Vascular damage
- And many more
How much does it cost?
Cord Blood Registry offers two different options. You can collect and store just the cord blood or the cord blood and tissue. Here is how their pricing breaks down for each option.
Cord Blood Only:
$1500 (one time) currier and processing charge
$150 per year for storage
Cord Blood & Tissue:
$2795 (one time) currier and processing – $325 multi-service discount = $2470
$300 per year for storage
**Both options allow you to finance the initial amount due over 6, 12, or 48 months with an added financing charge, and you can receive a discount on annual storage by paying either 18 years or lifetime up front.
You can receive $100 off on your cord blood banking by using this link
Is It A Good Idea?
In my opinion, you can’t put a price on you’re child’s health. I made the decision to bank my son’s cord blood because it’s something I would rather have and not need than need and not have. With the financing options that they have, there really is an option that can work for anyone.
If you have additional questions about cord blood banking please comment below and check out this nursery checklist to make sure you have everything you need before your baby arrives.