Becoming a new parent is an exciting time for any expecting couple. With all your planning, the question, “What can I do to protect my new baby now and in the future?” will probably pop up. We all want the best for our children and at some point in your pregnancy, your OB may ask if cord blood banking is something you want to do.
Being pregnant myself right now with our first child, I’m very curious about my options and what will be best for my growing family. After a ton of research, I’ve learned so much and I want to pass that on to help you and your spouse make your own decision about banking cord blood.
First, What is CBR® and How Can it Help My Child?
When a baby is born, the umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells. These stem cells are currently being used in the treatment of over 80 diseases and disorders. Researchers are investigating how these stem cells may help our bodies heal themselves. You can see why banking your newborn’s stem cells can be so important.
So here are some of your options:
Choice One: Banking With a Private Bank Like CBR® (Cord Blood Registry)
CBR® (Cord Blood Registry) is right now the world’s largest newborn stem cell company. If I ultimately decide to privately bank my newborn’s stem cells, it will be with them. Banking with a private company like CBR means that your baby’s stem cells will be available to you and them exclusively for the rest of their life or as long you continue to pay the annual fee that is associated with this service. CBR’s website is chock full of information and frequently asked questions. Please visit CBR® (Cord Blood Registry) and chat with one of their live representatives. They will be more than happy to assist you.
– Easy to enroll, collect, and store. It’s simple:
- Enroll with CBR online or over the phone
- Get a collection kit mailed to you or from you OB
- On the big day, hand the collection kit to your healthcare provider
- Call the medical courier to pick up your kit
- Now just relax, they will handle the rest
– You own them and they are a perfect genetic match to your child for certain conditions.
– Can also be used for a sibling or parent. There is a 25% likelihood of a perfect sibling match, 50% chance of a sibling being a partial match and always a partial match for a parent
– Your peace of mind goes through the roof! Whether your family ever needs to use the cells or not, you can take comfort in one more way you’re preparing for the unknown.
– They will be available to use for the rest of your lives. Long after you pass, your child can take over the annual fees or you can opt for a lifetime storage fee taking care of it forever. Talk about an inheritance!
– It can be pretty pricey. The initial cost for collection can be between $1k and 3k with additional annual fees from $150 and up.
– In some cases, the sample may not be used depending on the condition.We know our babies have huge potential, but so do their stem cells! Learn more:… Click To Tweet
Choice Two: Donating to a Public Cord Blood Bank
Public Cord Blood Banks are facilities that accept donated cord blood at no cost to the family. (Provided they meet the requirements of that bank.) Keep in mind, though, it’s a donation and therefore, you don’t own the stem cells. You will be just like any other patient on that wait list, should a need arise.
– No Cost to you. It’s completely FREE
– Anyone who is in need and is a match can use them
– You don’t own the stem cell so they will not be available if you need them in the future
– Up to 75% of cord blood is discarded for failing to meet the facilities requirements. So it’s actually pretty likely that a valuable resource gets discarded.
– Not all hospitals participate or work with public cord blood banks so it may not be possible to donate at all
Choice Three: Throw it away
Last but not least, you can just have the hospital dispose of it as normal. Plain and simple. You make no special requests and this is what happens. I personally think it’s a terrible waste if you have those 2 other options; one of which is very likely free to you. But ultimately, the choice is yours. It’s your baby and if this is your best option then by all means, follow your instinct.
Whatever decision you make, just know you are doing right by your child. There is no wrong or right decision when it comes to banking cord blood. You have to do what is best for your family.