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.


January 17, 2022

What is a 5-compartment cord blood freezer bag? Historically, cord blood was stored in a cryo-bag with only one or two chambers. Using a one chamber bag requires all of the stored product to be used at one time. A two-chamber bag typically has 80% in one section and 20% in the other section and […]

October 29, 2021

Cord for Life® ANNOUNCES CORD BLOOD CLINICAL TRIAL Phase I Trial for the Treatment of lower back pain of the Sacroiliac Joint ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL (October 29, 2021) Cord for Life®, a full-service cord blood bank with over 25 years of experience, today announced plans to conduct a clinical trial to treat lower back pain arising from the Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) using a biological therapeutic derived from umbilical cord blood.  The company has […]

August 27, 2020

The results of a Phase I study published in Stem Cell Translational Medicine suggest that it is safe and feasible to infuse stem cells from banked umbilical cord blood into adults following an acute ischemic stroke. This research paves the way for additional studies into the efficacy of umbilical cord blood in treating stroke patients. […]

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