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Over 60,000 babies are born in Wisconsin every year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Families might consider preserving their newborn’s stem cells for future medical use. WiscNews has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing plan options and local reviews of 21 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the best cord blood banking companies in Beaver Dam.

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How to choose a cord blood bank in Beaver Dam

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Beaver Dam residents considering cord blood banking should choose a cord blood bank that is registered with the Food and Drug Administration. It’s also good to look for accreditation from professional organizations such as AABB. There are both private and public cord blood banks.

  • Private cord blood banks: Private cord blood banks preserve a baby’s stem cells for exclusive use by your family. When you enroll with a private cord blood bank, it sends you a kit to give to your health care provider to collect the cord blood and makes arrangements for the cord blood to be sent to its lab for storage. Private cord blood banks charge a one-time processing fee and storage costs, or they combine all costs into one amount.
  • Public cord blood banks: A public cord blood bank stores cord blood stem cells for use by the public. There is no cost to donate to a public cord blood bank. Not all hospitals participate in public donation, so it’s important to contact the hospital first to confirm cord blood donation is possible.

Besides checking registration and professional accreditation and deciding between private and public cord blood banking, Beaver Dam families should also look at factors such as cost, the company’s experience and success rate with transplants, guarantees and the company’s financial stability.

How much does it cost for cord blood banking in Beaver Dam?

In Beaver Dam, the cost of cord blood banking ranges from $3,000 to $6,000 for 20 years of storage. Cord blood banking companies in Beaver Dam also allow you to pay an initial fee of $1,000 to 2,000 and a yearly fee for storage ranging from $120 to $200. You can save by paying upfront for long-term storage. Prices increase if you choose to add storage of cord tissue or placental tissue.

Health insurance generally does not cover cord blood banking, though there may be exceptions for medical necessities. Check with your insurance provider to be sure. Also, look for sibling discounts, special promotions and seasonal sales, like in July, which is National Cord Blood Awareness Month.

Pros and cons of cord blood banking in Beaver Dam

There are pros and cons of private cord blood banking in Beaver Dam.

Pros:

  • Cord blood stem cells can potentially be used to save the life of a family member. Stem cell transplants are done to treat leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell disease and other disorders of the blood and immune systems.
  • Cord blood collection does not hurt the baby or the mother.
  • Research continues into more uses of cord blood stem cells, cord tissue and placental tissue.
  • You can store cord blood for your family’s personal use for 20 years or longer.
  • Cons:

  • Private cord blood banking starts with an initial fee of $1,000 to $2,000 and includes yearly storage costs of $120 to $200.
  • The donor’s cord blood may not be a match for a family member or be the right treatment for a family member’s medical condition.
  • Most families never use the cord blood they bank.
  • Beaver Dam cord blood banking FAQ

    What diseases can cord blood cure?

    According to the FDA, cord blood is approved for use in stem cell treatments in patients with certain hematopoietic system disorders, including leukemia and lymphoma. Americord, one of the companies listed on this guide, states that cord blood stem cells can be used to treat over 80 medical conditions.

    Can parents use baby's cord blood?

    The FDA says that cord blood can be used by your baby’s first- or second-degree relatives.

    Can I donate cord blood in Beaver Dam?

    Not all hospitals assist with cord blood donation after childbirth. UW Health recommends calling the hospital where you plan to deliver your baby to learn if you can donate cord blood there.

    Is it worth banking cord blood?

    If you have another child or family member with a medical condition that is treatable with cord blood stem cells, then you may want to consider private cord blood banking. By doing public cord blood banking, you may help save a stranger’s life. Speak with your health care provider and thoroughly research cord blood banking before making a decision with your family.

    Beaver Dam cord blood banking company information

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    Americord

    Americord is a private cord blood bank that stores cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. Its Cord Blood 2.0 system collects up to twice the number of stem cells as competitors’ methods, according to the company. The company guarantees to pay up to $110,000 to obtain an alternative stem cell source if your child’s cord blood stem cells don’t engraft in a transplant. Choose an annual storage plan or prepay for 20 years. A 24-month payment plan is available.

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    MiracleCord

    MiracleCord advertises efficient cord blood stem cell storage with its 12-hour TimeCritical processing. Beaver Dam customers can enroll online or over the phone for cord blood and cord tissue storage. The company backs the quality of stem cells with a $100,000 guarantee toward the procurement of an alternative stem cell source if cells fail to engraft. Save by choosing 20-year or lifetime storage. A 12-month payment plan is available. MiracleCord says it will match any other company’s price for comparable services.

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    ViaCord

    ViaCord has helped more than 450 customers use stored cord blood for transplants or research. Beaver Dam families can bank cord blood and cord tissue and pay for annual storage or prepay for 20 or 25 years. Six- and 12-month payment plans are available. ViaCord offers a free information kit on its website.

    ViaCord

    Cord Blood Registry

    Cord Blood Registry has stored over 900,000 cord blood and cord tissue samples and has helped over 600 families use their cord blood stem cells for medical treatment. Beaver Dam residents can select annual, 18-year or lifetime storage. Payments plans lasting up to 48 months are available. CBR offers genetic counselor support and rewards for making referrals.

    Cord Blood Registry

    AlphaCord

    AlphaCord is a private bank that collects and stores cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. Beaver Dam families can pay annually or prepay for 18 years or storage. Payment plans of 12 months are available. AlphaCord offers an $85,000 guarantee. The company is available 24/7 for customer support. Go to AlphaCord’s website to request a free information kit and get answers to FAQ.

    AlphaCord

    New England Cord Blood Bank

    New England Cord Blood Bank has been storing cord blood and cord tissue for close to 25 years. Beaver Dam customers have yearly, 20-year and lifetime storage options and can pay over 12 months with 0% interest. The company offers an $80,000 engraftment guarantee. If you make a successful referral to New England Cord Blood Bank, you get a $100 gift card.

    New England Cord Blood Bank

    PacifiCord

    PacifiCord is a private cord blood bank providing cord blood and cord tissue storage. The company processes and banks cord blood in 24 hours or less. Customers in Beaver Dam can choose from one-year, 18-year or lifetime storage options. They can also decide to pay upfront, annually or with financing. Contact PacifiCord online or by phone to get started.

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