Blood left over in the umbilical cord after birth is a rich source of stem cells, which can be used in the treatment of over 80 medical conditions. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cord blood banks in Kansas City for collection, transport, processing and long-term storage.
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About 7,000 babies are born each year in Kansas City, where parents with young children live in areas like Brookside, Overland Park and Lee’s Summit. After delivery, some choose to save, or bank, cord blood, which has stem cells that can be used to treat dozens of serious medical conditions, including leukemia and sickle cell disease.
To decide whether cord blood banking is worth it, consider:
Family health history: Do you or a spouse have a family history of diseases treatable with stem cells (e.g., leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia)?
Cost: Can you afford cord blood banking cost, in addition to all the costs that come with a newborn?
Advances in research: What new therapies will be possible in the future using stem cells from cord blood banking?
Cord blood banking company’s reputation: Is the cord blood bank registered with the Food and Drug Administration? Does it have accreditations from standard-setting organizations like AABB? Does it have a record of successful transplants? Does it offer a quality guarantee?
Cord blood banking pros and cons
There are pros and cons to cord blood banking.
Pros of cord blood banking
Cons of cord blood banking
Easy collection process that is safe and painless for the mother
High costs, including initial collection and processing and annual storage fees
Stores stem cells for decades
No guarantee you will ever need the stem cells
Stem cells can be used to treat donor and relatives
Stem cells can’t be used to treat all medical conditions
How is cord blood stored?
There are two types of cord blood banks: private and public. Private cord blood banks charge customers to process and store cord blood for use in the future by the donor or relatives. Public cord blood banks take donations and store cord blood stem cells for use by anyone who needs a transplant.
How much does cord blood banking cost in Kansas City?
Cord blood banking costs in Kansas City include a one-time collection and storage fee between $1,500 and $2,000 per child, plus an annual fee of $150 - $200 for storage per sample.
Cord blood banking companies offer payment plan options, including the ability to pay in full, pay the one-time fee while making the storage payments annually or pay the total amount in installments.
Who can use cord blood?
The donor, the donor’s siblings, the donor’s relatives and even nonrelatives may be able to use a donor’s cord blood. It depends on:
Whether the cord blood is stored at a private or public cord blood bank
The medical condition requiring treatment
Whether there’s a match between the patient and donor
Americord is the fastest-growing cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue bank in the U.S. and has a 100% success rate with stem cell transplants. This FDA-registered company offers a product quality guarantee, promising to pay up to $110,000 for alternate stem cell sourcing if a transplant fails. Customers pay no courier fees and get 20 years of storage with all banking options. Reviewers are highly satisfied with Americord’s collection process and service.
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