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Cord Blood Banking Pros and Cons

Private vs. Public Cord Blood Banking

When it comes to banking cord blood, parents are faced with a choice, should we go with a private cord blood bank or donate it to a public bank? Both private and public cord blood banks serve a very useful purpose, and it’s important to make an informed decision that will suit your family’s needs.

Are you wondering whether you should bank your baby’s cord blood?

Watch this short video, and get answers to your questions about cord blood banking. Then, read below to see the comparisons for Private vs. Public Cord Blood Banking.

Private Banking Public Banking
Who owns the Cord Blood stem cells? You own the cells and decide how and when they are used. You give up ownership to the cells as soon as you donate them.
How much does it cost to bank? Maze: $2490 for Cord Blood

$3490 for Cord Blood and Tissue

(No annual fees, no hidden costs, free shipping, free storage for 20 years).

Note: Some states allow use of pre-tax FSA funds to pay for Cord Blood processing and storage.

Public banks don’t charge you for collection or storage.
Cost to retrieve cells for transplant Maze: none. The current average cost is $35,000.
Likelihood of Matching Autologous (self): 100% match

For siblings: 1 in 4 chance of a perfect match and a 39% chance of a transplant-acceptable match*

Allogeneic (donor): Depends on the stem cells available. It may be difficult to find matched cells for ethnic minorities and individuals of mixed ethnicityⁿ
Transplant Related Issues Significantly lowers the chance of Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHDᶧ) when using stem cells from a related donor. Severe Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHDᶧ) is common. It is estimated to occur in 60%-80% of transplants where the donor and recipient are not related‡
Future Uses Numerous ongoing clinical trials for the potential treatment of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, spinal cord damage, and a vast amount of other serious conditions.  Donated Cord blood could potentially be used for research, but what they ultimately decide to do is uncertain.


Cord Blood stem cells can be used to treat a variety of different diseases. Click here to view a list of diseases treatable with cord blood stem cells.


* Rocha V et al. For the Eurocord and International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry Working Committee on Alternative Donor and Stem Cell Sources. Graft-vs-host disease in children who have received a cord-blood or bone marrow transplant from an HLA-identical sibling. N Engl J Med. 2000;342:1846-1854.

ᶧGVHD- Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a complication that can occur after a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. With GVHD, the newly transplanted donor cells attack the transplant recipient’s body. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001309.htm


http://www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org/qa/what_is_significance.html  / http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12423511



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