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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.
· 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
· Donor (although not usually used for donor)
· Family members
· Anyone in need
(Note: future use for donor or donor’s family are not insured)
· May be used for research
Preserved with the cord blood for future use
Anonymous (after initial testing is complete)
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).
Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST