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Cord blood banking options
What is cord blood? The blood in your baby's umbilical cord.
Cord blood stem cells can help fight leukemia, lymphomas, sickle cell anemia, and immune deficiency diseases.
What is cord blood banking? The collection and storage of this blood for future medical use.
Cord blood banking options:
- Donating to a public cord blood bank
- Paying for private cord blood banking
Donating to a public cord blood bank:
Donating to a public cord blood bank means anyone who is a match can use it. There's no cost to you. Your donation could be a lifesaving match for a cancer patient. Your family may use the blood if needed and if it's still available.
Private cord blood banking:
Private cord blood banking means only your family can use the cord blood. Private collection banks charge a first-year processing fee of $1,000 to $2,000, plus storage costs of $125 to $175 annually.
A discount may be offered if you prepay for long-term storage or bank more than one child's cord blood.
Scientists say that frozen cord blood should be viable for decades.
Talk to your doctor about your options for cord blood banking in your area.
If you decide to donate or bank privately, you may need to plan ahead of time.
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