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Public vs. Private banking

Questions Private cord blood banking Donation to the public bank
Why store cord blood? You ensure your child has quick and exclusive access to haematopoietic stem cells if they ever need them. Donating cord blood is a humane deed. By doing this you can help patients in need of blood-forming stem cells from a donor.
What are the restrictions for cord blood storage? Nearly every family can decide on private storage. Cord blood isn´t collected where the mother suffered a serious infection during the pregnancy. The donor mother must undergo a selection process based on certain criteria dictated by legislation and the requirements of transplant centres.
What happens to cord blood after collection? After collection, the cord blood of your child is processed and cryopreserved for future use. Suitable cord blood is selected for international exchange, where it is available for patients anywhere in the world. Rejected cord blood (about 70%) can be used for research or is destroyed.
What are my rights to the stored cord blood? The child has full and exclusive rights to its cord blood. Donated cord blood is in the ownership of the public cord blood bank. The parents have no guarantee that it will be available for their child if it is needed.
How much does it cost? The parents make a single payment for the collection and processing and a yearly payment for storage. There is no payment by parents if cord blood is donated. All costs are paid for by the cord blood bank.
Do the parents pay extra if cord blood is to be used for treatment? No. In the case of standard umbilical cord blood treatment, parents do not pay additional costs. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a treatment paid for by insurance companies. The parents don´t pay any additional cost when cord blood is used for haematopoietic stem cells transplantation; the procedure is covered by health insurance.

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