Blood left over in the umbilical cord after a child is born is a source of stem cells that help treat many serious health conditions. We researched the best cord blood banks in Oklahoma City in case you need your baby’s stem cells for future medical use.
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Over 12,000 babies are born in Oklahoma City every year. Families with newly born children are common in areas including Bethany, Nichols Hills, Edmond and Moore.
When their children are born, some parents choose to collect and save, or bank, umbilical cord blood for decades because of its potential therapeutic benefits. Umbilical cord stem cells are used in transplants to treat dozens of different conditions. These include:
Sickle cell anemia
When considering if cord blood banking is worth it, ask yourself these questions:
Is there a family history of medical conditions that can be treated with a stem cell transplant? If so, your baby’s cord blood can possibly help a relative.
Can you afford cord blood banking? Cord blood banking for personal use is expensive. Make sure it fits in your budget along with all the other costs of having a baby. Keep in mind there is a strong possibility you will never use the cord blood.
Do you have enough time to arrange cord blood banking? Don’t make a last-minute decision. You need enough time — aim for at least several months — to talk with hospital staff about collecting cord blood after delivery and sign up and receive a collection kit if you are banking privately.
Have you found a reputable cord blood bank? Look for a cord blood bank that is registered with the Food and Drug Administration and has accreditation from the AABB. Read reviews from customers to find out if they are satisfied.
Cord blood banking pros and cons
When deciding whether to bank umbilical cord stem cells, you should think about both pros and cons.
Cord blood banking pros
Cord blood banking cons
Safe and painless for the mother and baby
High cost (for private banking), usually with no insurance contribution
Potential to treat disease
Not a cure-all
Storage for 20 - 25 years or longer
Donor and donor’s relatives don’t always match for transplant
Continuing research into more stem cell therapies
Low likelihood your family ever uses cord blood
How is cord blood stored?
Cord blood is stored at either a private or public cord blood bank.
Private cord blood banks charge to pick up, process and store cord blood and make it available when you need it. Once you sign up, a private cord blood banking company sends you a collection kit for hospital medical staff to collect cord blood after delivery. It then sends a courier to pick up the cord blood and transport it to a lab, where it is processed and put in storage.
Public cord blood banks take donations of cord blood, process them and make the stem cells available for anyone who needs them. It is free to give to a public cord blood bank, but not all hospitals collect cord blood for storage in public banks; check first.
How much does cord blood banking cost in Oklahoma City?
Private cord blood banking costs between $1,500 - $2,000 for collection and processing, plus $150 - $200 per year for storage. If you bank cord blood for 20 years or more, expect to spend at least $3,500.
Some private cord blood banks also store cord tissue and/or placental tissue, other sources of stem cells that aren’t currently approved for treatment but are a topic of promising research. Storing cord tissue or placental tissue adds about $1,000 to the initial cost, plus additional storage fees.
Private cord blood banking companies have different payment plans to make purchasing easier. Don’t forget to ask if there are promotions or discounts to help you save.
Who can use cord blood?
The donor, the donor’s siblings, other relatives and even nonrelatives may able to use the donor’s cord blood for treatment. Who can use cord blood depends on the type of cord blood bank, the condition being treated, matching between the donor and recipient and the quality of the cord blood.
Americord is an FDA-registered cord blood bank serving families since 2008. The company stores cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue and has a 100% success rate when releasing stem cell units for transplant. Pricing includes 20 years of storage, no courier fees and a product quality guarantee. According to reviews, customers are highly satisfied with Americord and recommend its services to others.
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