Public vs. Private Banking

When deciding between privately storing your child’s cord blood for your exclusive use or donating it for availability to the general public, there are several differences to consider.

With Cord for Life®  you can choose either option and can even begin with private cord blood banking and later donate your child’s stem cells once your family feels they are no longer needed.  Of course, this option is only available if you meet the requirements for public cord blood donation.

With private cord blood banking, you have exclusive use of your newborn’s stem cells. Private cord blood banking ensures a perfect genetic match to your baby, as well as a partial match to other family members.  If needed, the stem cells are immediately available and ready for use, whether for treatment or to enroll your child in a clinical trial.

With private cord blood banking, you pay for collection, processing, and annual storage fees. Most private cord blood banks offer a guarantee in the event your child’s stem cells fail to engraft and you need to find a matching donor from a public cord blood bank.  Because we have seen first-hand how important cord blood is to families in need, Cord for Life®  offers the highest guarantee in the industry.

Public cord blood banks collect, process, and store donated umbilical cord blood for public use.  In the event your child is sick, there is a nationwide network of public cord blood banks available to search for a genetic match.  Unlike private cord blood banking, stem cells can only be used for FDA approved treatments, excluding the potential for experimental treatments for disorders like apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, and other diseases.

There is no cost to donate to a public cord blood bank, but there are fees for withdrawing the stem cells for transfusion.   These may be covered by insurance, depending on your provider and policy.


June 5, 2020

If you’re considering storing stem cells from your newborn’s cord blood, you only have one opportunity to do so – immediately after your child is born. You may be asking how to choose the right cord blood bank to entrust your valuable stem cells to for the next 20 years.  But it can be confusing, […]

April 21, 2020

Umbilical cord blood has been shown to have many health benefits to your newborn, your family, and to future patients in need of a stem cell transplant. Therefore it’s important to understand your options for taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime decision of what to do with your newborn’s cord blood. As you begin think about […]

April 6, 2020

Traditionally used to treat blood disorders and help restore the immune system following chemotherapy or radiation, stem cells from umbilical cord blood are now being explored for advanced cell therapy.  According to Parent’s Guide To Cord Blood Foundation, there are now at least 60 clinical trials exploring the potential for hematopoietic stems cells (HSCs) from umbilical cord blood to treat neurological conditions, infections, wounds, diabetes, […]

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