September 21, 2015

Thirty years ago, umbilical cord blood banking was not a possibility. Today, more and more expecting parents are choosing to store their child’s cord blood stem cells in one of the best cord blood bank’s available, CariCord. While research is expanding and umbilical cord blood banking is becoming more and more of a “normal” procedure, not everyone is completely familiar with the great benefits that family cord blood services can offer. Because of this, we have assembled a step-by-step parent’s guide to cord blood on our website, to help you become more familiar with the process. There is also information to answer the question, “Why save baby cord blood?”

There are essentially three options when it comes to cord blood banking. The first option is private banking, which ensures that a child’s stem cells are available for personal future use. This is available when you opt to use CariCord’s family cord blood services. The second option is public banking, which is similar to donating to a traditional blood bank. However, due to minimum donation size requirements, only 25% of donations given will actually be banked. This may seem like a small percentage, but there is certainly a chance that your donation can end up being a life-saving transplant for someone else. The third option is to do nothing, which means your child’s stem cells will be discarded as medical waste.

The benefit to public banking is there is no cost to the family. While there is a charge for private banking, we think you will find CariCord’s cord blood banking pricing to be an affordable option considering the quality level of our processing and storage. One of our goals is to educate parents on the value of cord blood banking through our parent’s guide to cord blood. It is our hope that expecting parents will choose some form of cord blood banking, so that the stem cells found within the umbilical cord will have the chance to potentially be used for research or treatments in this growing medical field.

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