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Why Moms Recommend Cord Blood Banking

Why Moms Recommend Cord Blood Banking

Considering banking your baby’s cord blood? Cord blood banking, the process of collecting and preserving a newborn’s stem cell-rich umbilical cord blood for potential future medical uses, can save lives. Should your baby or her sibling ever develop a disease of the blood or immune system, a cord blood transplant from a compatible donor (like her own umbilical cord, or a sibling's), may be used to treat the disease.

Here, Circle of Moms members who've banked their babies' cord blood at birth weigh in on the costs, the process, and why they decided to preserve this source of genetically compatible stem cells.

The Potential Payoffs

While some contend that the chance your child will ever need to use the cord blood is low, moms who've opted to bank their babies' umbilical cords say this hedge is well worth the cost and effort.

“I couldn't put a price on something that has the potential to save the life of someone I love,” says Circle of Moms member Jessica G., herself a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She decided to bank her daughter’s cord blood and is “very happy" with her decision. "I hope that she lives a long healthy life and [that] I never ever need to use the cord blood for her, but I'm glad that I will not be in a position to ever regret NOT having had it banked. If you can afford it at all, I would say go for it.”

The rewards of cord blood banking are not merely hypothetical; Circle of Moms member Rachel M. shares that cord blood saved the life of a friend: “I have a close family friend who was saved from leukemia in the prime of his 30's, thanks to cord blood.”

In addition to the potential benefit to the child whose blood you're banking, cord blood also holds promise for family members with life-threatening medical conditions. As Jamie explains: “The good thing about storing your second child's cord blood is that it may be compatible with the first child. Stem cells are amazing. Having the security [of] knowing that they will be there is priceless.” 

The Cost of Cord Blood Banking

While the fees for private cord blood banking are not insignificant, many Circle of Moms members say there are ways to shoulder them. Stephanie C. relays: "It's a good investment in my opinion, you can separate the initial fee of $1,200 into 6 months, and then the banking itself is like 120 bucks a year..."

Katie J. offers a similar perspective: "CBR, who I’m going through, allows payments, that are VERY affordable, with no credit check to qualify for them, and no interest. They also give a VERY nice military discount." She also contends that the $150 annual storage fee is relatively low: “Heck I spend $150 a year on just junk."

If the price is out of reach, consider Leigh C.’s suggestion: "Ask friends and family to help cover the costs "as a gift to the child.” 

Several moms also suggest donating your child's cord blood to a public or not-for-profit bank like the Caitlin Raymond International Registry, The American Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR), or The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Although you lose the right to claim the cord blood for your own family, this option is free and strengthens an important public resource.

The Cord Blood Banking Process

Ready to go ahead with cord blood banking? As moms like Leigh C. explain, the process of private cord blood banking   is quite straightforward: “It's really very simple...you call, set up an account, and they send you a collection kit. When you deliver, the Ob collects the blood and you call the pick-up number and someone comes to the hospital and takes the kit."

The process after pick-up is simple too, relays Christina H.: “After the sample is collected, you can receive notification: They called us when they received the sample to let us know how many cells were retrieved and that the sample taken was good.”

Image Source: Subewl via Flickr/Creative Commons

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SabrinaEthridge SabrinaEthridge 4 years
The article also fails to mention that you can't donate or save cord blood if you give birth to multiples.
GinnySieck GinnySieck 4 years
Please consider donating your cord blood instead! It could save the life of someone who is very ill right now vs. being stored "just in case".
LauraHughesCollins LauraHughesCollins 4 years
American Academy of Pediatrics only recommends public cord blood banking unless there is a family history or a genetic disease or cancer.
TammyDyer TammyDyer 4 years
I am a four year survivor of a rare lymphoma cancer thanks to a gracious individual who donated their child's cord blood at birth. I was not a match with the millions of people on the registry and this cord - that otherwise would have been medical waste - saved my life. Please donate.
ShannonStevens39353 ShannonStevens39353 4 years
We banked our first born's cord blood, but not our second child, my husband and I are the same blood type, no need. During my first pregnancy, I felt that I had to make sure that we banked his cord blood, don't know why. Well, at the age of 21 months, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Now, I realize that stem cells are not the recognized treatment in this country for this crappy disease at this time, but maybe someday...in his lifetime, it will be.
ElaineHoo ElaineHoo 4 years
Very informative and understood the benefits of saving cord blood. Thanks
MaryJaneGillis MaryJaneGillis 4 years
Is Circle of Moms sending out advertising now veiled as member posts? Ugh! As a doula, I've done a lot of research on cord blood banking and the important benefits of delayed cord clamping at birth. I find there to be a lot of vague and misleading information in this.
EliseSambrano EliseSambrano 4 years
I was so angry that I forgot to mention that public banking is an incredible resource that I do support, but it is still incredibly difficult to participate in public banking, I tried and was unable to get a collection kit at the time of my baby's birth.
EliseSambrano EliseSambrano 4 years
I am offended by this advertisement thinly veiled as an educational article. If I ever receive another solicitation for questionable (and expensive) services or goods, I will terminate my membership in this otherwise valuable group. Even the "reference" to a 30 YO being saved by cord blood leads to a dead end. I appreciate the comment of the pediatric BMT nurse below, he is much more articulate than I can be at this moment.
KimberleyHunter2173 KimberleyHunter2173 4 years
I would rather my child's cord not be clamped and cut the second they are born! If the cord is so precious and valuable, it makes much more sense to me that the child receives it straight after birth- as it is meant to!! The sooner people realise that immediate clamping of the umbilical cord is a strange and detrimental procedure, the better!!
TasseuaCarterSwift TasseuaCarterSwift 4 years
And maybe if the babies didn't have their cords clamped and cut early, depriving them of almost half their blood supply they might not actually have the need for cord blood donations later in life?! Now we have adds on tv networks about anti aging skin creams that have stem cells in them to help fight age and turn back the clock, for absolutely redicioulus prices... So not 'all' of the cord blood actually goes to life saving reasons, now its being used for beauty purposes. There is alot more going on below the surface, and quite clearly alot of it is driven by money :( There is no way i am EVER robbing my newborn of over half of her OWN blood supply. It is not mine to give.
BiancaStevens BiancaStevens 4 years
I donated cord blood when my child was born. If you can't afford to bank your own blood, then I think donation is the way to go. It helps another person and family. Someone's son or daughter. :3
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