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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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
Americord is a national leader in the collection, processing and storage of stem cells from cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. The company is FDA-registered, has a successful record of transplants and offers a product quality guarantee. Twenty years of storage is included in pricing. Customers highly recommend Americord, saying its services are supportive and professional.
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