• Welcome to Cord Banking Basics
    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that all pregnant patients be provided with a “balanced perspective” on all cord blood options. This site was created to ensure that all expectant parents have a source of unbiased information so that they can make an informed decision to save, donate, or discard their babies' stem cells.

    Every expectant parent deserves to know the power of the stem cells contained in their baby’s umbilical cord.

  • Cord Blood Education Recommended
    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that all pregnant patients be provided with a "balanced perspective" on all cord blood options. 27 states, representing roughly 80% of U.S. births, have enacted legislation promoting education for expecting parents.
  • What are Cord Blood Stem Cells?
    Stem cells are immature cells that have the ability to become other kinds of cells that form organs and tissues. They are powerful, unique cells that are the building blocks of the body.

    After a baby is born and the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, some blood remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and the attached portion of the umbilical cord. Cord blood is rich in powerful hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells.
  • Current Uses for Cord Blood Stem Cells
    Over the last 20 years, cord blood stem cells have been used to treat more than 80 serious diseases and disorders. By helping to replace a patient’s damaged blood and immune system, cord blood stem cells help treat and even cure a number of diseases like certain:
    • Cancers
    • Immune disorders
    • Blood disorders
    • Metabolic disorders
  • Doheney Family Story
    Keldan's cord blood stem cells saved his brother’s life. Watch their amazing story.
  • potential applications
    In addition to saving lives through stem cell transplants, cord blood stem cells have properties that have been shown to help the body repair itself. Cord blood stem cell therapy is being investigated for regenerative medicine applications in FDA-regulated clinical studies for conditions such as:
    • Autism
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Perinatal stroke
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Type 1 diabetes
  • your options: cord blood stem cells
    Now that you've learned about current and potential future uses, learn more about the options for your baby's stem cells.
    • Private banking store the stem cells for your family's exclusive use
    • Public donation donate the stem cells to possibly help a patient in need
    • Private banking for families with a medical need
    • Discard as medical waste
    The opportunity to save a baby's potentially lifesaving stem cells happens only once in a lifetime—at birth.
  • important decision points when choosing a family cord blood bank
    • Experience
      • Financial stability
      • Number of samples in storage
      • Owns and operates their laboratory
    • Quality
      • Measurements for collection quality & reporting results
      • Publishes results from their laboratory
      • Storage safety measures and backup systems
    • Clinical Expertise
      • Number of FDA-regulated clinical trials sponsored by the bank
      • Number of cord blood units released for medical therapies
      • Genetic counselors on staff to help patients with medical need
  • private banking
    • How it Works

      Your baby's stem cells are saved exclusively for your family's use, for a fee

    • Medical Uses

      The stem cells could be used by your family to help treat several conditions and may provide access to FDA-regulated clinical trials

    • Access

      Your child's stem cells are immediately available should they be needed for treatment

    • Costs

      One-time collection & processing fee of approximately $1,700 plus annual storage fees of approximately $125

    • Why Parents Save Privately
      • A child needs access to his or her own stem cells to participate in many of today's regenerative medicine clinical trials
      • A child is always a perfect match to his or her own stem cells
      • A matched sibling donor is usually preferred for transplants
  • private banking for families with a medical need
    • How it works

      You may qualify for free private banking if your family has a medical need for donor stem cells

    • Access

      Stem cells are immediately available for transplant

    • Costs

      Processing and storage for up to 5 years are free of charge; after 5 years, the storage fee is approximately $125 per year

    • Eligibility
      • A 1st degree relative (like a parent or a full sibling) of the newborn's has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease currently treatable with a donor stem cell transplant
      • You are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and/or your baby has a specific prenatal diagnosis
      • Consult with a private bank or your healthcare provider for more information
  • public donation
    • How it works
      • Check with your hospital to see if they participate in a donation program
      • Requires a screening process and advance registration in most cases
    • Medical uses

      The sample could be stored for use by a patient in need, used for research, or discarded as medical waste

    • Access

      By donating the cord blood sample, your family gives up rights to the stem cells

    • Cost

      No cost to donate

    • why Parents Donate

      Donation increases the national supply of donor stem cells available to patients who need a transplant

  • make your decision well in advance of your due date
    • If you choose to save your baby's stem cells with a family bank, you'll need to register with the bank and take the collection kit with you to the hospital when you deliver.
    • If you choose to donate your baby's stem cells, you'll need to register with the public bank so they are prepared to collect the sample after you deliver.
    • If you choose not to bank for your family or donate, the hospital will discard the stem cells as medical waste.
  • Register form

    In order to meet the cord blood education legislation requirements, please provide the following information. This information will be used for data tracking purposes by your provider only; it will not be used for marketing purposes.

  • Opinion form

    Based on what you have learned, let your provider know what your preference is:

  • thank you!

    Thank you for learning about your baby's cord blood stem cells and your options.

    Please discuss your decision with your provider. They can answer any additional questions you may have. We believe everyone deserves to know the power of the stem cells contained in a baby's umbilical cord blood so please help us spread this message, tell your friends and tell your family.

    Together we can help make new therapies available to conditions that have no cure today!

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