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Learn how umbilical cord blood banking works -
from the collection kit to processing and storing
baby's stem cells for the future. Compare banks to find out which is right for your family.
Things can get hectic during delivery. Follow our cord blood checklist to ensure collection runs smoothly during your baby's arrival into the world.
Do you travel frequently or plan to live abroad? See why Americord is your best choice with our all-inclusive pricing structure for cord blood storage.
Doctors sometimes charge for a cord blood collection fee, if that happens Americord will reimburse you. Find out more about our reimbursement policy.
Are you asking the right questions when selecting your cord blood bank? Make sure you know these key questions to ask before making your decision.
Will health insurance cover cord blood banking? In most cases no, but if you have a medical need some insurance providers will. Learn more here.
What is an average umbilical cord blood collection?
The average stem cell count for a cord blood collection is roughly 470 million TNC stem cells.
Companies have only started to store cord blood for the last 20 to 25 years or so, and for cord tissue a bit less than this. Given this limited time frame of those working in the field, there is no data on how well blood or tissue stores beyond 20 years.
It is important for you to enroll for cord blood banking with Americord around a month before your due date – or sooner if possible.
According to best practices, it is best to have the cord blood and cord tissue back to the laboratory and processed within 48 hours of birth, and generally, the sooner the better.
When you choose which cord blood bank you will store your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells you should ask each company some important questions. Make sure and go over pricing, the enrollment process, the collection process, and the storage process