Get answers to questions about CBR's processes, pricing, and enrollment, plus clarify a common misconception about the cost of banking.
Cord Blood and Cord Tissue - How they May Help in Different Ways
- How are cord tissue stem cells different from cord blood stem cells?
- What is cord blood banking, and how is it done?
- What is cord tissue banking, and how is it done?
Special Pricing and Costs
- How much does it cost to save my newborn's stem cells?
- Is there special pricing for multiple births?
- Is cord blood banking an eligible expense through my FSA/HSA?
- Will I be charged a fee by my healthcare provider for the collection?
- What is the cost of saving my baby's cord tissue?
- Who owns my baby's banked newborn stem cells?
The Enrollment Process
- How do I enroll with Cord Blood Registry to save my newborn's cord blood and/or cord tissue stem cells?
- When should I enroll with CBR?
- I'm planning to adopt. How does that change the process?
- How does CBR ensure the confidentiality of my personal information?
- What if I do not live in the U.S.?
The CBR Gift Registry
- What is The CBR Gift Registry?
- Who can participate in The CBR Gift Registry?
- Who is able to contribute to a CBR Gift Registry account?
- Can a family member or friend give to a Gift Registry over the phone?
- Why do I need a credit card to contribute to a Gift Registry?
- What if I opt to pay my cord blood banking first year fees in full? How will I receive my contributions?
- Why does my account close the day my baby's newborn stem cells arrive at the lab? What happens once it is closed?
- What happens if I do not enroll with CBR's service to collect and store my baby's newborn stem cells?
- What are CBR's Gift Registry terms and conditions?
Cord Blood or Cord Tissue? What's Best for Your Family?
How are cord tissue stem cells different from cord blood stem cells?
Cord tissue is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells, which create connective tissue. Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells, which create the blood and immune system. Because of the different functions of these stem cells, cord blood and cord tissue may help repair the body in different ways. Cord tissue is still in early research stages and effective therapies may never be developed.
What is cord blood banking, and how is it done?
Cord blood banking is a one-time opportunity to save your baby's cord blood stem cells for potential medical uses. Having cord blood saved can be lifesaving or life-changing for your baby or other family members and ensures that these cells are immediately available if ever needed.
Collecting cord blood is a simple, safe, and painless procedure that usually takes less than five minutes and happens immediately after birth. After the umbilical cord has been cut, the remaining blood in the cord is collected. The cord blood is then shipped to the laboratory and frozen in cryogenic storage tanks for long-term preservation.
If you do not save your baby's cord blood, it will be discarded after birth.
What is cord tissue banking, and how is it done?
CBR was the first bank to offer U.S. families the opportunity to save a segment of their baby's umbilical cord. The primary cells in cord tissue are different from the primary cells found in cord blood and may help repair the body in different ways. Saving both sources of stem cells may offer access to even more medicine in the future.
After your baby's umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, and after cord blood collection, your doctor or midwife will collect a 4- to 8-inch segment of the umbilical cord and place it in the CBR CordCup® container. The collection kit is then returned to CBR's laboratory by an express courier. Cord tissue collection is safe for both the mother and baby and can be done after vaginal or C-section births.
Because cord tissue research is still in its early stages, CBR stores your baby's cord tissue whole, preserving all of the cells within it for your family's potential future use. The cord tissue is cryogenically stored for long-term preservation so it can be processed to extract the cells needed using the best technology of the future. Cord tissue is still in early research stages and effective therapies may never be developed.
If you do not save your baby's cord tissue, it is discarded as medical waste.
Special Pricing and Costs
How much does it cost to save my newborn's stem cells?
Click here to view CBR's pricing options for saving your newborn's cord blood and/or cord tissue stem cells.
Is there special pricing for multiple births?
CBR has special pricing available in the event of multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.). Click here to view our multiple births pricing.
Is cord blood banking an eligible expense through my FSA/HSA?
Not currently; however The Family Cord Blood Banking Act is expected to be re-introduced in the House of Representatives in 2013. This bill would amend the tax code to treat the cost of family banking (initial enrollment as well as annual storage fees) as a qualified medical expense. If you would like to support this effort, please contact your representative and let them know that lowering the cost of cord blood banking is important to you and your family.
Will I be charged a fee by my healthcare provider for the collection?
Similar to services like circumcision, your provider may charge a fee to collect your newborn's stem cells. Please check with your insurance carrier to see if they cover this fee.
What is the cost of saving my baby's cord tissue?
Click here to learn about pricing.
Who owns my baby's banked newborn stem cells?
Your baby's banked stem cells belong to your baby. As your baby's legal guardian, you act on your baby's behalf in deciding what to do with the stem cells until the child turns 18 years old. After the child is 18 years old, only he or she can decide what to do with the cells. If you terminate the storage contract with CBR before the child turns 18, you are deciding that it is your child's best interests to not save these stem cells anymore. In such case, CBR will own the sample. If you terminate the storage contract after the child turns 18, we will attempt to contact the child for instruction on whether to terminate the account.
The Enrollment Process
How do I enroll with Cord Blood Registry to save my newborn's cord blood and/or cord tissue stem cells?
The enrollment process is quick and easy. We offer two methods of enrollment for your convenience - either online or over the phone.
Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 9:00 pm PT
Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm PT
We will ship your CBR CellAdvantage Collection Kit immediately after your enrollment is complete.
When should I enroll with CBR?
Many babies arrive before their due date. You only have one opportunity to bank your baby's cord blood and cord tissue, so we strongly recommend making the decision during your second trimester, if possible. However, CBR can overnight a collection kit to you if your due date is near.
I'm planning to adopt. How does that change the process?
CBR has participated in hundreds of adoption cases for our clients. We are very experienced with the unique issues surrounding the adoption process as it relates to newborn stem cell collection and storage. For more details, please contact a Cord Blood Education Specialist at 1.877.CORD.BLOOD.
How does CBR ensure the confidentiality of my personal information?
What if I do not live in the U.S.?
We proudly serve clients in more than 80 countries around the world. International couriers are available to provide customs clearance and typically provide delivery to our laboratory within 36 hours of collection.5 International shipping fees will vary.
The CBR Gift Registry
What is The CBR Gift Registry?
The CBR Gift Registry provides an easy way for family members and friends to support your decision to bank your newborn's stem cells. CBR's personalized gift registry enables parents-to-be to receive financial contributions toward the cost of banking with CBR by helping you:
- Announce the decision to bank your newborn's stem cells for potential future use
- Invite family, friends, and your entire social network to contribute to the gift of banking
- Send customized email announcements or print contribution cards that can be added to baby shower invitations
- Gather small contributions that could add up to pay for the cost of banking
- CBR's secure online payment process allows flexible contribution amounts
- Instantly be notified of all contributions and stay up-to-date on your balance
- Use your gift registry as a “savings account” and make monthly contributions before your due date!
- Educate others on the current and emerging benefits of newborn stem cell banking
- Get the latest stem cell news and share videos of real families who have benefited from newborn stem cell therapies
Who can participate in the CBR Gift Registry?
The CBR Gift Registry is available to any family that is interested in storing their child's newborn stem cells with CBR. You do not have to be enrolled with CBR's cord blood banking service in order to start your gift registry.
Who is able to contribute to a CBR Gift Registry account?
Parents who register with the CBR Gift Registry can easily share their personalized registry page via email, printed announcement cards, or through various online social networks. Anyone can contribute prior to your baby's birth. Your CBR Gift Registry will automatically close when your newborn's sample is received and stored. If a contributor has specific questions about our gift registry, they may call 1.877.CORD.BLOOD (Mon-Fri: 6am - 5:30pm PST).
Can a family member or friend give to a Gift Registry over the phone?
The CBR Gift Registry only accepts contributions online with a valid credit card.
Why do I need a credit card to contribute to a Gift Registry?
To contribute to the CBR Gift Registry, you will need a valid credit card including the 3 digit code found on the back of the card. All credit transactions are secured with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. Your account will be charged immediately after you authorize your contribution.
What if I opt to pay my cord blood banking first-year fees in full? How will I receive my contributions?
If you opt to pay your processing fee in full, your contributions will be deducted from the amount you would have paid. Remember, you are not charged until after your baby is born. For example, you opted to pay in full once the baby is born ($1,995) and receive $900 in contributions. Your new total due would be $1,095 once your baby is born.
Why does my account close the day my baby's newborn stem cells arrive at the lab? What happens once it is closed?
Your account closes on the day your baby's newborn stem cells arrive at the lab so we can reconcile your account before you are billed. Once your account is closed, it will no longer accept additional contributions. You will still be able to log in and check your account and remaining balance but you will not be able to send announcements.
What happens if I do not enroll with CBR's service to collect and store my baby's newborn stem cells?
All contributions will be refunded directly to the contributor's credit card.
What are CBR's Gift Registry terms and conditions?
By participating in CBR's Gift Registry, you consent to have your information viewed by visitors to this site. Your name, state, and month due will be displayed. In addition, you are authorizing CBR to send an email (Gift Registry announcements) to your friends and family on your behalf.
If you do not enroll in CBR's service or do not store your newborn's cord blood stem cells, contributions to your CBR Gift Registry account will be refunded back to contributors. Contributions will be refunded directly to the credit card of the contributor.
The Terms and Conditions that govern www.cordblood.com apply to www.cordblood.com/giftregistry.
"Cord blood banking is too expensive for most families."
Fact: The first-year fee for newborn stem cell banking is similar to common household purchases, such as a vacation or a new TV. After the initial collection and processing, the annual storage fee works out to be about $11/month.
Compared to the other ways you already protect your family, such as home or auto insurance, saving your baby's cord blood could offer the most valuable protection of all. Because if you ever need it, the lifesaving potential of cord blood stem cells is priceless.
CBR offers several options to help make cord blood banking affordable for every family:
- Monthly payment plans, including $55 per month for 48 months for cord blood banking
- The CBR Gift Registry to which family and friends can contribute
- Prepay and save
CBR also offers a Newborn Possibilities Program, which provides cord blood and cord tissue collection, processing, and five years of storage at no cost to families with a medical need.
Learn more about the value of cord blood and tissue banking and your payment options for saving this potentially lifesaving resource.