September 16, 2015

The decision to collect and store your child’s umbilical cord blood using CariCord’s family cord blood services may be tough to make, when it comes to the financial investment, but expecting parents can be assured that it is a sound investment in their child’s future. This is especially true if there is a history of disease in your family, particularly a disease that cord blood can treat. Those who wonder, “Why should I save baby cord blood?” are often surprised to find out that cord blood stem cells can be used to treat more than 80 diseases.

When considering cord blood pricing, expecting parents should take quality and security into consideration, rather than cost alone. We strive to make our family cord blood services as affordable as possible, while still maintaining a staunch commitment to quality. When you choose CariCord, you receive one of the highest grades of processing available for your child’s cord blood. We process on a pharmaceutical level, in a Class 10,000 clean room, within a FDA-certified laboratory. Your child’s stem cells will be stored in the same repository as the FDA-licensed public cord blood units of the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank. These reasons are why many parents consider us to be the best cord blood bank available.

One of the reasons why cord blood banking is such a critical investment in your child’s future is the fact that the stem cells found in the blood of a newborn’s umbilical cord can only be collected at the birth of a child. If parents do not opt for baby cord blood banking, their child’s valuable cells will be discarded as medical waste. It is true that a decision you make before your child is born could potentially be a life-saving decision down the road.

In addition to cord blood banking, CariCord also offers cord tissue banking. Well there are not as many immediate cord tissue benefits, research is underway to determine approved human uses for cord tissue. Hopefully, at some point, there will be as many cord tissue banking benefits as there are for cord blood.

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September 14, 2015

Many expecting moms and dads who review our parent’s guide to cord blood have discovered that CariCord’s family cord blood services are the best option for their family. However, we realize that saving cord blood for personal, private use is not for everyone. There is another option, public cord blood banking. Expecting parents should consider both and make an informed decision that is the right fit for their family.

Because umbilical cord blood can only be collected at the birth of a child, there are only three options. The first is private family cord banking services, which reserves your child’s cells for personal use in the future. Review the cord blood banking pricing section of our website for more information on this potentially life-saving practice. The second option when it comes to saving cord blood is public banking. This is similar to making a donation to a traditional blood bank. It allows anyone who is a positive match to benefit from your child’s cord blood. The third option is to do nothing. If you choose this option, your baby’s cord blood will be disposed of as medical waste. Those that understand the value of the stem cells found in cord blood would likely not recommend this option.

If you choose public cord blood banking through CariCord, your child’s stem cells will be donated to the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank. This major component of ClinImmune Labs has been collecting, processing, banking and distributing cord blood units for more than 18 years. During this time period, more than 8,500 units have been banked and more than 750 have been distributed at over 120 different locations in the United States and around the world. While it is important to note that only 25% of cord blood units that are donated can actually be accepted and banked (due to minimum donation size requirements), this should not discourage parents from making the decision to donate their child’s cord blood to a public bank through CariCord.

For more information on the differences between public and private banking, feel free to explore our website or contact us for more information on these potentially life-changing services. You can also find a parent’s guide to cord blood on our website, which many aid you in making your decision.

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Harvard trained Pediatric Cardiologist and Mom of 3

Banking your baby’s cord blood at birth is an important decision for every family. I work with sick children every day, and I am aware of how precious a child's health truly is. Keeping my own children healthy is the most important thing to me. There are bad trips to the grocery store some days, and days I drop into bed exhausted, but I am totally in love with my kids and so thankful each day for their health.

During my first two pregnancies I was in residency and fellowship, and my husband and I were building a house and building our life. I knew about cord blood banking and had discussed the benefits with pediatric oncologists. However, the cost was an extra that we could not afford at that time. I have since learned some banks do offer financing plans. Luckily for me, the hospital I delivered at offered donation and I loved the idea of my baby’s cord blood going to help others. For my last baby, I decided to bank privately with CariCord. The pediatric oncologist, whom I work with and who treats children with cancer, said to bank for this pregnancy, so our family has an additional health resource.

Our family is glad that we donated and privately banked our children’s cord blood for the future. I recommend that families look into family cord blood banks and donation programs in their area prior to delivery to decide if it’s right for their family.

Blog by Kristin Laraja M.D.

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September 11, 2015

Because some expecting parents are unfamiliar with the family cord blood banking process, CariCord has made an effort to provide a parent’s guide to cord blood through our website and this blog. Family cord blood services like ours exist so that parents can preserve their child’s valuable stem cells found in umbilical cord blood for potential future use. Without cord blood banking, these cells would be discarded as medical waste at birth. Many parents choose to save their child’s cord blood because it can potentially be used to treat more than 80 diseases, and has been known to save lives in some cases.

Why save baby cord blood? In short, because it can potentially be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, various cancers, and numerous other disorders. There have been many successful treatments using cells stored in family cord blood banks over the past 20 years, and yet this is still a relatively new phenomenon. As research continues to advance in the coming years, it is likely that many more parents will choose family cord banking from CariCord to secure their child’s future, especially if there is a history of disease in their family.

All across the world, stem cell researchers and scientists have been seeking to create and develop therapies that will rebuild or replace damaged cells with stem cells that are grown from other stem cells. Clinical trials involving humans have been conducted primarily using the patient’s own cord blood stem cells, in contrast to trials to determine cord tissue banking benefits, which are commonly performed on lab rats rather than humans. Both cord blood and cord tissue can only be collected at the birth of a child and must be stored by a cord blood and cord tissue banking service in order to properly preserve the stem cells to be of possible future benefit.

If you are considering saving your baby’s cord blood and want to learn more about pricing for collection and storage, this information can be found on the CariCord website. If you have a question we have not covered online, feel free to contact us directly for more information on umbilical cord blood and tissue banking services.

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