Take a Look at Cord Blood Banking
Cord Blood Banking Options continued...
Public banks screen donors to rule out disorders or infections that could be passed to a recipient. A public bank will likely ask for a family medical history from both you and your baby's father. You might need to provide a blood sample the day after you give birth. Your baby will not need to give a blood sample.
Public banks do not charge a fee to collect or store cord blood.
Private banks keep cord blood cells in reserve in case your child or other family member needs it. Private banks generally charge $1,000 to $2,000 to collect cord blood at the time of delivery, and then charge a yearly storage fee of about $100.
Choosing a Cord Blood Bank
If you decide to donate cord blood to a public bank, ask the hospital or birthing center if it works with a cord blood bank. If not, the National Marrow Donor Program (marrow.org) has a list of registered cord blood banks in each state.
If you want to use a private blood bank, look into the following information to find a facility. Your doctor may have information on private cord blood banks in your area.
- Financial Stability: Is the facility likely to stay in business?
- Policies: What will happen to your cord blood if the facility goes out of business?
- Practices: Does the facility process a large number of cord blood samples? Large banks are more likely to have good quality control.
- Options: What will happen if you choose to change facilities or if you move?
- Cost: Can you afford the fees for up-front collection and yearly storage?
- Will the storage fees will increase over time?