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Cord blood banking options

About cord blood banking

Cord blood banking is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for parents to save the stem cells found in the blood of their newborn’s umbilical cord. The preservation of these stem cells, which are different from embryonic stem cells, allows families the benefit of having them available for existing or future medical treatments.

Cord blood banking is completely safe for both the mother and the newborn since cord blood is collected after the baby is born and after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut.

Cord blood banking options

When deciding what is best for your and your family, it is important to know about all of your cord blood banking options.

  • Family banking allows you to store your newborn’s cord blood stem cells specifically for your family making them available immediately should your family ever need them. This service is provided by cord blood banks that charge a fee for collection, processing and storage in which you retain ownership of your newborn’s stem cells. Research has shown that transplants with related cord blood stem cells has doubled the survival rates as compared with unrelated (publicly donated) cord blood stem cells.
  • Public donation allows your family to offer your baby’s cord blood stem cells to the public network at no cost. Your donation may then be made available to any patient requiring a cord blood stem cell transplant. Your family does not retain ownership of the cord blood once it has been donated. As a result, there is no guarantee that it will be available should a family member need it. A fee is charged for stem cells released by a public bank to a patient undergoing a medical treatment. For more information about donating cord blood, please visit the Cord Blood Donor Foundation online at cordblooddonor.org.
  • Designated transplant program is a program sponsored by Cord Blood Registry that provided free collection, processing and storage for qualifying families with a medical need. The cord blood is to be used by a family member suffering from a disease treatable with cord blood stem sells. For more information please contact Cord Blood Registry at 1-888-CORD BLOOD.  Any expectant family with a child who has an established diagnosis of a disease that is currently treatable with cord blood may receive ViaCord’s premier cord blood banking and five years of storage services at no cost. Your child’s doctor will need to complete a medical referral form. If you would like more information please call toll-free 1-866-861-8435.
  • Medical waste means that the cord blood will be thrown out as waste. Once discarded, these cells cannot be retrieved for future use.

In addition to the current uses, new medical applications for cord blood stem cells are being discovered rapidly; however, banking cord blood does not guarantee that the cells will provide a cure or be applicable for every situation.

For more information visit the Texas Department of State Health Services and download this brochure: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Donation Brochure