Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that can be used to treat over 70 types of diseases. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cord blood banks in Milwaukee so you know the pros, cons and costs.
There are close to 10,000 births in Milwaukee each year. Expecting parents in Wauwatosa, Bay View, Brookfield, Mequon and other popular areas may want to consider saving, or banking, a baby’s cord blood to potentially treat future illness in the family. This is an especially good idea if there is a family medical history of diseases that can be treated with umbilical cord stem cell transplants.
Cord blood is used in the treatment of many different serious diseases, including:
Sickle cell anemia
Other cancers, blood disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes, metabolic disorders and immunodeficiencies
Researchers are continuing to explore other therapies using cord blood, like for autism; cerebral palsy; brain and cardiac trauma; hearing loss; and Type 1 diabetes.
When deciding whether cord blood banking is worth it, take into account private vs. public cord blood banking, cost, family medical history, having enough time to make arrangements and the quality of the cord blood bank.
Cord blood banking pros and cons
Here are cord blood banking pros and cons:
Cord blood banking pros
Cord blood banking cons
Lifesaving medical treatment possible using umbilical cord stem cells
Cost (of private cord blood registry)
Easy, safe and painless collection for mother and baby
Treatment limitations, including what diseases can be treated and who matches
Option for cord blood donation or private storage for 20-plus years
Must be planned well in advance of delivery
Ongoing research may discover new cord blood uses
Cord blood may go unused
How is cord blood stored?
There are two types of cord blood banks:
If you want to save a baby’s cord blood for use by your family, choose a private blood bank. Private cord blood registries charge to collect, process and store cord blood and make it available at your request.
If you want to make a cord blood donation, go with a public blood bank. Public cord blood registries make donated cord blood available to anyone who needs it. Check with your health care provider first to see if it participates in a public cord blood donation program.
Americord, founded in 2008 and operating in all 50 U.S. states, is a leader in collecting, processing and storing stem cells from cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. The FDA-registered company has a 100% success rate with transplants and offers a product quality guarantee. Customers say Americord makes the cord blood banking process easy with quick shipment and pickup, thorough communication and friendly service.