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Best Cord Blood Banking in Denver, CO

Sept. 10, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

After childbirth, parents can collect umbilical cord blood and store it for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cord blood banks in Denver, looking for companies offering transparent pricing and high standards for collection, processing and storage.

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  • Cord Blood 2.0® process enables you to preserve up to 2x as many stem cells
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AlphaCord
AlphaCord
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  • M-F: 8am - 10pm
  • Sat and Sun: 10am - 6pm
  • alphacord.com
Location
Serves residents in
Denver, CO
(404) 315-6500
Viacord
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  • Hours unavailable
  • viacord.com
Location
Serves residents in
Denver, CO
(866) 668-4895
Cord Blood Registry
Cord Blood Registry
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  • M-F: 6am - 8pm
  • Sat and Sun: 6am - 4pm
  • cordblood.com
Location
Serves residents in
Denver, CO
(888) 932-6568
New England Blood Bank
New England Blood Bank
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  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • cordbloodbank.com
Location
Serves residents in
Denver, CO
(774) 843-2965

Is cord blood banking worth it?

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There are around 9,000 births every year in Denver. Parents with young children live in city neighborhoods including Hilltop, South Park Hill and Country Club and suburbs such as Littleton and Centennial.

Months before giving birth, some parents plan for cord blood banking. After delivery, hospital staff use a collection kit to save blood from the umbilical cord, which contains stem cells that can be used to treat around 80 different medical conditions, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.

When considering whether cord blood banking in Denver is worth it, think about these factors:

  • Your family’s health history, particularly a history of medical conditions treatable by stem cell transplants
  • Cord blood banking cost, which is expensive and generally not covered by insurance
  • The cord blood banking company, including whether it is properly registered with the Food and Drug Administration, its professional accreditations and customer reviews

Cord blood banking pros and cons

Before signing up for cord blood banking in Denver, carefully review the pros and cons.

Cord blood banking pros Cord blood banking cons
Safe and painless High cost, including initial collection and processing fees and annual storage fees
Can help treat medical conditions in the donor or donor’s relatives Limitations on what conditions can be treated
Stem cells can be stored for 25 years or more Donor and donor’s relatives can’t always use the donor’s cord blood
Research of cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue uses continues Cord blood may go unused

How is cord blood stored?

There are two main types of cord blood banks in Denver: private and public. Private cord blood banks are companies that charge customers to collect, process and store cord blood specifically for the donor and the donor’s family. Public cord blood banks take donations of cord blood and make it available for use by the public.

All cord blood banks must be registered with the FDA. You can search a database on the FDA’s website to learn if a cord blood bank is registered.

How much does cord blood banking cost in Denver?

Cord blood banking costs in Denver include an initial fee of $1,500 - $2,000 for collection and processing, plus an annual storage fee of $150 - $200. Expect to spend $3,500 - $4,500 for 20 years of storage for a single donor’s cord blood.

Some cord blood banks also store cord tissue and placental tissue stem cells for an extra charge. If you have twins or triplets, you can bank cord blood from multiple children.

To make cord blood banking more affordable, companies offer payment plans. You can save by paying in full upfront. Make sure to ask if any promotional discounts are available before paying for cord blood banking in Denver.

Who can use cord blood?

Cord blood can potentially be used by the donor, the donor’s siblings, relatives and even nonrelatives. Who can use cord blood depends on:

  • The medical condition being treated
  • The match between the patient and the cord blood
  • The quality of the cord blood
  • Whether the cord blood is coming from a private or public cord blood bank

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