|Why store cord blood?
||You ensure your child has quick and exclusive access to hematopoietic 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 for private storage. Cord blood isn’t collected only when the mother suffered a serious infection during the pregnancy.
||The donor mother must undergo a selection process based on certain criteria given by legislation and the requirements of transplant centres.
|What happens to cord blood after collection?
||After collection the cord blood of your child it 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 the child if it is needed.
|How much does it cost?
||The parents pay 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 cost. Hematopoietic 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 hematopoetic stem cells transplantation; the procedure is covered by health insurance.