November 09, 2015

Many expecting parents are unaware with the value that family cord banking can offer, let alone that there are two types of family cord blood services: private and public. In this blog article, we’re going to help you understand the difference between private and public cord blood banking, as well as the benefits of both.

The stem cells collected from the umbilical cord blood of a newborn can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including many types of blood disorders and even cancer. Expecting parents must make a decision for public or private banking before their child is born, as the cord blood can only be collected and banked at the birth of a child. This is why CariCord encourages ALL parents who are expecting a newborn to review the parent’s guide to cord blood, contained in the FAQ section of our website.

Private banking is CariCord’s premier cordblood service. It ensures that your child’s cord blood will be collected, processed, and stored in our secure facility for private, “on-demand” use, should it ever be needed. Your child’s valuable stem cells and cord tissue (if you opt for this additional service of cord tissue banking) will be available decades down the road, and can be used in a treatment for that child or potentially a sibling who is a close enough match. Many parents have questions about cord blood banking prices. Some may feel that private banking is too expensive, but you can’t put a price tag on the life of your child. If there is a history of disease in your family, this option may be strongly encouraged by many medical professionals. Our website can inform you on current cord blood prices.

Public banking is a bit different. The biggest difference is your child’s stem cells will not be available for their personal, on-demand use. Instead, your child’s cord blood is available to anyone who needs it, similar to a traditional blood bank. (It should be noted that only an estimated 15% of cord blood units donated publicly will actually be banked, due to minimum size requirements.) A donation to the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank could save a life, and it is certainly better than having your child’s stem cells discarded as medical waste, which is what happens if parents do not choose public or private family cord banking for their child. With this option, you do not have to worry about cord blood banking pricing, so there is really no reason why you would not want to choose public banking, if you are not storing your child’s cells in a private family cord blood facility.

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November 06, 2015

If you are familiar with the power of stem cells and the family cord blood banking services that CariCord offers, you probably know that cordblood can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, and that it can only be banked at the birth of a child. That means expecting parents must make the decision to collect and store their child’s cells using family cord blood services before the birth of the child, otherwise these stem cells are lost forever.

Since family cord banking came on the scene roughly 30 years ago, researchers have diligently been pursuing ways that cord blood cells can be used in treatments. Today, they have discovered more than 80 diseases that can be treated using family cord blood stem cells. These diseases include leukemia, lymphoma, myelomas, sickle cell anemia, immune deficiency diseases, and more. If there is a history of one of these diseases in your family, cord blood banking could be especially vital to your family. Don’t risk the odds; make the decision to store your child’s stem cells with a family cord blood service while you have the opportunity.

Additionally, scientists are currently pursuing research to determine if family cord blood stem cells are a viable treatment option for many common diseases that take the lives of millions of Americans each year. These diseases include Alzheimer’s Disease (the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.), Parkinson’s Disease (affects more than 1.5 million Americans and 7-10 million worldwide), Cerebral Palsy (affects 1 in every 323 children; more common in girls than in boys; reported in higher rates among African-Americans), Spinal Cord Injury (affects 259,000 Americans, approximately 12,000 new cases annually, Stroke (third leading cause of death in the U.S., with one occurring every 40 seconds), Muscular Dystrophy (affects more than 30,000 adults in the U.S.), and HIV (currently affects more than 1.1 million Americans).

As you can see, the stem cells collected by family cord blood services like CariCord carry valuable healing potential, which is why the decision to save your child’s cord blood will likely become a common and simple decision in the future. Don’t risk the odds.

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November 04, 2015

Being pregnant, especially with your first child, is one of the most exciting experiences of your life. At the same time, there are many important decisions you must make. One decision that all expecting parents must make has to do with family cord blood banking. You may not think the decision to store your child’s cordblood stem cells is important, or even something you need to think about right now, but it is crucial when it comes to protecting your child’s future in the long run. Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with family cord banking, so many valuable stem cells are discarded as medical waste.

Cord blood can currently be used to treat 80 diseases, with research investigating more ways these cells can be used to treat common illnesses that take the lives of thousands of Americans each year. It can only be collected at the birth of a child, so a decision must be made for family cord banking well before a delivery takes place, to ensure that your doctor has the proper equipment to perform the collection, which CariCord provides. If you do not choose a family cord blood service, your child’s stem cells will be discarded and not available for a future potentially life-saving treatment. This is why this is an important decision that all expecting parents must make.

Soon-to-be parents should do their homework on stem cell research and family cord banking, get all of their questions answered, research cord blood banking pricing, and make a decision that could potentially save their child’s life down the road, or perhaps the life of a close family member that is a positive match for transplantation.

We believe that our cord blood banking prices are competitive, but if you find a lower price from another family cord blood service, consider this: CariCord is the only major private bank that processes collected units in a laboratory that is approved by the FDA to manufacture cord blood as a pharmaceutical drug, one of only 5 such facilities in the entire world. This is serious quality that you can trust, and many parents would consider it worth it to pay a little more for quality when it comes to cord blood pricing.

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November 02, 2015

CariCord is considered by many to be one of the highest-quality names in family cord banking, because we process all of our cells in a laboratory that is approved and licensed by the FDA to manufacture cord blood as a pharmaceutical drug. There are currently only five of these facilities in the world that meet high FDA accreditation standards, which speaks volumes about CariCord’s commitment to quality among family cord blood banks.

CariCord’s laboratory staff are highly-trained and know how to handle cordblood. The same processing methods and materials that are accredited by the FDA are used in our private banking services, so you know you are getting the best of the best.

Our laboratory and long-term storage repository are located at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, a state-of-the-heart hub for teaching, research, and clinical facilities. The medical campus is also home to the number one academic hospital in the United States, offering access to many of the country’s top doctors. Whether you are looking to expand your received care or treatment, expand your education, access research resources, or participate in community education programs to increase your health, you can do it all on the grounds of the Anschutz Medical Campus, just a short drive from the Colorado Capital of Denver.

Our location at Anschutz affords us access to some of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the nation, which is critical in the field of umbilical cord blood banking. Directly adjacent to our laboratory is the University of Colorado Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, which ranks in the top ten children’s hospitals in the nation. The Veterans Hospital is also located close by for easy access. This great location is just one of the many reasons why you should choose CariCord as your family cord blood banking service.

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