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Cord Blood Banking FAQs

Should I bank my baby's cord blood if my family has no history of cancer?

While cord blood stem cells have proven effective in treating many types of cancers, they have also been used to successfully treat many diseases and conditions unrelated to cancer.

A family history of cancer or other diseases may not be known, but families who save their baby's cord blood understand that these conditions can occur without precedent and without warning.

How long can cord blood stem cells be stored?

Studies have shown that cord blood specimens that have been cryogenically preserved for a period of 26 years have the exact same biological composition as they did at the time of their initial preservation.

All available scientific data suggests that cord blood stored at a constant temperature of -196 degrees Celsius should remain viable indefinitely.

I've already saved one child's cord blood. Is it important to save cord blood for all of my children?

Yes, because each baby's cord blood is an exact genetic match for that child and offers the very best chance of survival, with no risk of GVHD, should they need a stem cell transplant in the future.

Also, in the event that a doctor recommends a donor cord blood transplant, siblings are the preferred source.

Lastly, there is approximately a 1-in-4 chance of parents being a match to each child's cord blood. Storing for multiple children increases the chance of a match being available for parents. 

Separate storage is also recommended for multiple births (e.g., twins, triplets), as it maximizes the volume of cord blood collected.

Can I get stem cells from a public bank if my family needs a transplant in the future?

Possibly, but 80% of all publicly donated cord blood samples are not stored for future transplantation1 so the odds of finding an unrelated HLA match from a public bank are very small.

When faced with a life-threatening disease or condition, you want to give your family the best chance of survival. Using your baby's own cord blood stem cells guarantees a perfect genetic match.

When a donor transplant is recommended, siblings are the preferred donor source due to their likelihood of being a suitable HLA match.

Privately banking your baby's cord blood and cord tissue with MiracleCord ensures that your family will have this valuable resource available for transplant very quickly, without the costly, time-consuming and potentially unsuccessful search that is necessary when looking to a public bank.

1 Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016-31-May from PGCB: Cord Blood Introduction: Cord Blood Infographic: http://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/cord-blood-infographic

What is the difference between public donation and private banking?

Public banks store unrelated cord blood units from donors. There is no initial cost to the donor; however, retrieving a cord blood unit from a public bank currently costs patients approximately $50,000, and this is often at a time when family finances are already strained.1

The unfortunate reality is that 80% of all donated cord blood samples will never be stored for future transplant.2 The chance of finding a donor match from a public bank is very low.

Private banks store cord blood units for your family's future use. Private cord blood banking ensures that your baby's cord blood stem cells will be readily available, and will give your family the best chance for survival if a transplant is needed.

1 National Marrow Donor Program. (n.d.). Retrieved 2010-11-January from NMDP: University of Chicago: http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Plan_for_Tx/Choosing_a_TC/US_NMDP_Transplant_Centers/Detailed_Center_Information/tc_idx.pl?ctr_id=557

2 Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016-31-May from PGCB: Cord Blood Introduction: Cord Blood Infographic: http://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/cord-blood-infographic
Will insurance cover cord blood banking?

Possibly. Depending on the terms of your individual or group policy, cord blood banking may be a covered service. Please contact your benefits administrator or insurance company for determination.

How soon should I enroll?

Though the decision to bank your baby's cord blood can be made any time before the birth of your baby, planning ahead has many advantages.

Early enrollment ensures that your family has plenty of time to receive your MiracleCord StemCare® thermal collection kit and to review the information provided within.

Since half of all babies are delivered prior to their expected due date, and 12% of all babies are born premature, families who enroll early avoid the risk of missing their only opportunity to bank their baby's cord blood.

Does COVID-19 affect my ability to bank my baby’s cord blood?

No. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak does not affect your ability to have your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue collected and stored with MiracleCord.

Our laboratory and storage facility remain fully operational and we are committed to offering uninterrupted services to your family throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time our medical courier partner continues to have the ability to pick up collection kits after birth without issue.

We are closely monitoring the CDC, World Health Organization and American Association of Tissue Banks best practice recommendations and following those recommendations for our laboratory and offices to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.

Will my baby's cord blood contain COVID-19 if I have it during my pregnancy?

No. According to the latest research, if you have COVID-19 during your pregnancy or even at the time of delivery, the virus will not be present in the umbilical cord blood or the umbilical cord tissue. 

Note: There is a difference between studies that look for COVID-19 disease transmission between mother and baby, versus studies that test for COVID-19 in the cord blood.

Is my child’s stored cord blood safe from COVID-19?

Yes. Your child’s cord blood and cord tissue samples that have already been cryopreserved with MiracleCord are not impacted by COVID-19.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, is MiracleCord financially stable?

Yes. MiracleCord is a debt-free, profitable corporation with a long history of fiscal stability. Our financial stability ensures continuous operation of our laboratory, storage facility, and call centers.

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