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Private Cord Blood Banking vs. Public Cord Blood Banking

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Private vs Public Cord Blood Banking

Do you know the difference between a Public Cord Blood facility and a Private facility? The chart below breaks down the differences between both types of cord blood facilities.The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation encourage public donations because the probability of using one’s own cord blood is very small.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics does support private banking if a family member has a medical condition which requires (or potentially requires) stem cell transplantation.
 
 
 
 

 

PRIVATE

PUBLIC


 

 

Cost

· Initial processing fee: $1700-$2200

 

· Monthly storage fee: $50-$150

 

· One-time fee for MD to obtain cord blood (varies among MDs)

 

Note: Some banks will wave fees if there is a proven family need. Also, some insurance companies may cover these fees.

· Free to donate

 

· Recipient pays when specimen is retrieved for transplantation

 

Available For

· Donor (although not usually used for donor)

 

· Sibling(s)

 

· Family members

· Anyone in need

(Note: future use for donor or donor’s family are not insured)

 

· May be used for research

Donor Information

Preserved with the cord blood for future use

Anonymous (after initial testing is complete)

 

Facilities Available

 
Many private banking options

 

· Fewer public banking options

 

· Can donate to foundations, non-profit banks and some hospitals

 

Looking for a Public Cord Blood Bank in you area? Click on the links below to see if your hospital is affiliated with a Public Bank (via The National Marrow Donor Program).

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Sources:
American Academy of Pediatrics- Section on Hematology/Oncology and Section on Allergy/Immunology. Cord Blood Banking for Potential Future Transplantation. PEDIATRICS Vol. 119 No. 1 January 2007, pp. 165-170.
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) POSITION STATEMENT: Collection and Preservation of Cord Blood for Personal Use
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) COMMITTEE REPORT: Collection and Preservation of Cord Blood for Personal Use
Kurtzberg, J. et al. Untying the Gordian knot: policies, practices, and ethical issues related to banking of umbilical cord blood. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2005 October 1; 115(10): 2592–2597.
National Marrow Donor Program. Where to Donate Cord Blood
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