Some parents choose to collect and bank, or store, their baby’s umbilical cord blood. Umbilical cord stem cells can be used to treat around 80 different medical conditions. We researched the best cord blood banks in Tulsa so you make the right decision for your family.
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Each year, there are around 10,000 births in Tulsa. Families with young children live in neighborhoods such as Maple Ridge, Brookside and Terwilleger Heights and suburbs like Bixby, Jenks and Broken Arrow.
When a baby is born, some parents decide to donate cord blood to a public cord blood bank or save blood from the baby’s umbilical cord at a private cord blood bank. Cord blood is full of stem cells that can help treat illnesses including cancers, blood disorders, metabolic disorders, immune disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes.
Banking umbilical cord stem cells for personal use is expensive, so you may be wondering if cord blood banking is worth it. Here’s what to consider:
Family health history: Private cord blood banking is recommended more for those with a family history of medical conditions treatable by stem cell transplants.
Cost: Donating to a public cord blood bank is free, but private cord blood banking long-term costs at least several thousand dollars.
Time: Give yourself at least a couple months to make arrangements for cord blood banking. This includes finding a company, receiving a collection kit and coordinating with your health care provider.
Cord blood banking company: When choosing a cord blood bank, make sure it’s registered with the Food and Drug Administration. Look for accreditations from organizations including AABB. Read reviews from customers to learn about their experiences.
Cord blood banking pros and cons
Cord blood banking in Tulsa has both pros and cons.
Cord blood banking pros
Cord blood banking cons
Safe and painless for mother and baby
Cost (for private cord blood banking), which usually isn’t covered by insurance
Cord blood stem cells can treat dozens of serious medical conditions
Stem cells can’t treat all medical conditions
Option to donate to a public cord blood bank or store in a private cord blood bank for 20 years or more
Donor and relatives aren’t always matches for donor’s stem cells (for private cord blood banking)
Potential for significant advances in cord blood stem cell research
High likelihood you’ll never use the cord blood (for private cord blood banking)
How is cord blood stored?
Cord blood can be stored at either a public or private cord blood bank.
Public cord blood banks take donations of cord blood and make it available for the public. If you are interested in donating to a public cord blood bank, check with your health care provider; only some participate in public cord blood banking programs.
Private cord blood banks charge customers to pick up, process and store cord blood in case it’s needed by the donor or a family member.
All cord blood banks, whether private or public, must be registered with the FDA.
How much does cord blood banking cost in Tulsa?
Public cord blood banking is free for the donor’s family. Private cord blood banking in Tulsa includes an initial charge of $1,500 - $2,000 for a collection kit, courier pickup and processing, plus an annual storage fee of $150 - $200. Some cord blood banks also store cord tissue and placental tissue for an extra cost.
Cord blood banks have payment plans; choose the option that makes the most financial sense. Ask about available promotions and discounts before signing up.
Who can use cord blood?
Cord blood stem cells can benefit a donor, a donor’s siblings, other donor relatives and even nonrelatives.
Factors that affect who can use cord blood include:
Whether the cord blood is stored at a public or private cord blood bank
Americord is a national leader in the collection, processing and storage of cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. This FDA-registered company, founded in 2008, maintains and has a 100% success rate releasing stem cells for transplant. Customers appreciate Americord’s product quality guarantee and are happy they chose Americord for cord blood banking.
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