Banking your child's cord blood allows you to keep their stem cells for future medical treatment. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cord blood banks in Boise so you can make an educated decision for your family.
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Each year, about 8,000 babies are born in Boise. Areas like Meridian, Garden City and Eagle are popular with young couples and growing families who are willing to do anything to keep their children safe.
For parents who have a family history of medical conditions treatable with stem cells — and even those without — cord blood banking is an option worth considering. Umbilical cord stem cells are used in medical therapies for around 80 different conditions, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Research continues into more medical applications not just for stem cells from cord blood but also from cord tissue and placental tissue.
When deciding whether to bank cord blood in Boise, think about whether you can afford cord blood banking cost, which starts around $3,500 for 20 years of storage and can go significantly higher. Also, verify the quality of the blood bank, including whether it’s registered with the Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB and reviewed positively by customers.
Cord blood banking pros and cons
You should weigh the pros and cons of cord blood banking early in your pregnancy, so that if you do decide to bank cord blood, you’ll have time to receive a collection kit and coordinate with medical staff.
Cord blood banking pros
Cord blood banking cons
Safe and painless for the mother, with assistance from hospital staff
High costs, usually with no coverage by insurance companies
Potential for treatment of many medical conditions in donor and donor’s relatives
No guarantee the stem cells will ever be used
Ongoing research into new applications of cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue
Stem cells can’t be used to treat all conditions
Storage for 25 years or longer, with accessibility anytime
Donor and relatives can’t always use donor’s stem cells
How is cord blood stored?
Cord blood can be stored at either a public or private cord blood bank. It costs nothing to donate cord blood to a public cord blood bank, which makes cord blood available for anyone who needs it. Private cord blood banks charge customers to process and store cord blood and make it available upon request for personal use.
Cord blood banks are regulated by the FDA.
How much does cord blood banking cost in Boise?
Boise residents pay $1,500 - $2,000 for cord blood banking, plus an annual storage fee of $150 - $200. The exact cost you pay depends on:
The number of babies you are storing for
Whether you are storing just cord blood, or cord tissue and/or placental tissue as well
The number of years you are storing for
How you are paying
Cord blood banking companies offer payment plans to make the cost more affordable for customers. You can often save by taking advantage of promotions or paying in full upfront.
Who can use cord blood?
The donor, siblings, relatives or even nonrelatives may be able to use the donor’s cord blood. It depends on how the cord blood is stored, the patient’s medical condition, the match between the donor and patient and the quality of the cord blood.
Americord is a leader in cord blood, cord tissue, and placental tissue banking. This private blood bank is FDA-registered and has been offering cord blood banking to clients since 2008. It has a record of successful stem cell transplants and guarantees up to $110,000 if a transplant fails. Customers give Americord mainly five-star reviews for its friendly service, easy process and discounted prices.
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