R.W. asks from Denver, CO on April 02, 2008
Cord Blood Banking - Denver, CO
I have been researching the various cord blood banks and wanted to get feedback from anyone who has actually been through the process of banking their babies cord blood. I don't know anyone who has, so the only information I find is online and most of that is each bank advertising itself.
I am speciffically looking for feedback on: the banks researched, the bank chosen and for what reasons, how that bank has been to work with, and perceived value.
A.M. answers from Denver on April 03, 2008
Hi: I went with Cryo Cell and they are based in FL. The main reason was that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law chose that bank for their daughter so after doing research they seemed to be on par with all of the other banks out there. They were a bit cheaper price-wise too. I cannot remember exactly what I paid, each year the price seems to go up a bit. I know what I paid was a good deal higher than what my inlaws paid four years prior. Anyway, I want to say it was around $1,000 to join and about $99 a year after that. The first year was free. I think most do that. It's hard to say how the value is; to me it is like insurance, it's something that you pay for and hope that you never have to use. But overall I was happy with my experience with them. A.
W.N. answers from Denver on April 03, 2008
I saw a show about this on 60 Minutes about a year, it might be worth looking into. It basically said that at this point in science there is no evidence that your child's own cord blood can save that same child because if a child is born with a genetic defect, that defect is in the cord blood. It could however be useful for a sibling who is born with a defect that the child with the banked blood doesn't have. It's important to remember that cord blood banks want your money and to look at the evidence that is impartial before forking it over. I have several clients (I'm a doula) who have donated their cord blood, which is free and the evidence is that it saves more lives. Not trying to be discouraging, just wanting you to know both sides of the story before spending so much money on something that may not be helpful. Check out the 60 Minutes story if you can or get other info that is not from a registry before making your chioce and I wish you the best of luck either way!
N.R. answers from Denver on April 03, 2008
We went CBR (Cord Blood Registry)- very easy to work with - shipped the package to use, easy to use by dr at hospital & easy to ship back. WE decided on them as they are large, more likely to be around in 20 years. We decided to use them for all 3 of our children & feel that it's worth the cost of protecting them. We lost our first daughter to congenital heart defects & I refuse to lose another child & will do anything to prevent it.
M.C. answers from Dallas on April 03, 2008
Is your mind definitely made up about privately banking cord blood? If not, you should consider donation to a public bank.
I did this with DS when he was born. This is an alternative to private banking, which is
very costly and the likelihood of using it would be very low.
Otherwise, the stem cells in cord blood are thrown away as medical
All expecting moms, I would encourage you to do some research on this.
If you do not plan to privately bank, please consider public donation.
Here is a website I found on Google:
If you deliver at a hospital that is not a collection point, like I
did, they will send you a kit and the hospital staff will do the
collection after you deliver your baby.
The company I chose had a courier or Fedex...I can't remember. I
delegated that to my doula. And, I can't remember what company I used,
so I cannot give any recommendations.
L.P. answers from Denver on April 03, 2008
Well I banked my youngest child's cord blood with CBR I believe that is who they are. It is a simple process. You just need to make the decision and let them know so that they can mail you the kit. Then you make sure the kit is packed in your hospital bag so you dont forget it. Also make sure you are letting your doctors know in advance your plan so that no one forgets and everyone is prepared then once you get to the hospital I just made sure to keep telling everyone that I was doing this and needed them to put the blood in the kit. All the directions are right there and the hospitals are familiar with the process since this is becoming more common. Then they do what they do and then you call or someone in your family and a delivery service comes and picks it up and you are done. Thankfully I haven't needed it yet but you never know. I think the money is worth the insurance you get knowing it is there and more advancements are being made all the time plus the whole family could use it. Hope that helps.
K.G. answers from Denver on April 04, 2008
We banked both children's blood with CBR. There is a history of cancer in my husband's family. His sister under went a bone marrow transplant in her 30s and had a very hard time finding a match; even as one of seven children there was not a match in the family. It is expensive, but compared to some of the alternatives we have had to witness it was something to which we are committed. I delegated the research and choice to my husband. He chose CBR because at the time our first was born, 3 1/2 years ago, they were the only ones who had made a profit yet. In his evaluation he felt most confident that they would still be in business in 10 or 15 years. While we hope we never need it we wanted to make sure that it is at a reliable storage company in case. I would advise you to take the same approach. Companies and management change over time so see if that information is still current.
And if you are not going to privately store it, I second the suggestion to donate it. We are incredibly grateful to the generous donor who kept my sister-in-law alive. (She is about to hit her six year anniversary of the donation.) There are many people who need it from the families that can share.