As you may have seen, MiracleCord offers lifetime storage plans for cord blood and cord tissue banking.
Before making the potentially life-saving decision to bank your baby’s cord blood, we know you may be wondering: How long is a “lifetime” plan and how long will my baby’s stem cells remain viable?
Our Lifetime storage plans cover your family for 70 years and can be renewed if you haven’t used all your child’s stem cells by the end of the 70-year term.
Read on to learn about how long cryogenically stored cord blood and cord tissue can remain viable.
How Long Is Cord Blood Good For?
When cord blood and cord tissue are banked, the stem cells are processed and then preserved through a highly controlled process of cryogenic freezing. Based on current research, scientists predict that stem cells that are cryogenically stored at proper temperatures should remain viable for a minimum of 200 years.
One of the most significant scientific studies on the long term viability of cryogenically stored cord blood stem cells comes from the research of Hal Broxmeyer, PhD, at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Having already published hundreds of papers on the science behind cord blood transfusions, he and his team remain engaged in a decades-long research project to observe the effects of long-term cryogenic storage on the stem cells found in cord blood and cord tissue.
Thus far they have already conducted several studies that have tested the viability of cord blood stem cells after being cryogenically stored for 5, 10, 15 and 23.5 years, and each time they observed highly effective rates of viable stem cell recovery.
The research conducted by Hal Broxmeyer and his team remains ongoing, with a promised new study coming in a few short years that examines the viability of cord blood after 30 years of cryogenic storage. The scientific evidence thus far continues to support the estimates that cord blood and cord tissue stem cells should remain viable for hundreds of years.
Why Proper Storage Is Key
The location of the cryogenic storage facility, as well as the type of systems that are in place to ensure that the stem cells will remain stored at the proper temperature in the event of unforeseen circumstances is of great importance.
MiracleCord understands that the key to the long-term viability of your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells is dependent on quality processing and proper cryogenic storage. That’s why you can trust our state-of-the-art laboratory with cord blood banking for your family.
Not only does our lab have over 20 years of experience banking cord blood, but our lab is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning that we adhere to the most stringent industry standards for processing and storing stem cells.
Our storage facility is also protected by 24/7/365, multi-layer temperature monitoring, and emergency back-up systems that will ensure that your child’s specimens will be cryogenically stored at the proper temperature at all times. Furthermore, our StemCare® thermal collection kit and TimeCritical® Processing means that your baby’s cord blood and tissue are secure and protected throughout the collection process and while being transported to our laboratory by our direct medical courier.
MiracleCord is confident in our experience and ability to provide you with a lifetime of viable stem cells. Our cord blood banking plans are backed by a $100,000 Quality Guarantee. If your transplanted cord blood stem cells fail to successfully engraft, we will pay your family up to $100,000 towards the cost of obtaining stem cells from an alternative source.
How Long Should You Keep Cord Blood?
It is estimated that 1 in 3 people in the United States may benefit from stem cell regenerative medicine therapy.
To date, more than 25,000 patients have been cured with cord blood transplants and that number is increasing daily. Also, the field of stem cell therapy is growing rapidly, and the future potential appears to be unlimited.
So how long should you keep your baby’s cord blood stored for?
Cord blood banks typically offer different options for how long you can store your baby's cord blood. The storage plans that parents choose is often driven by their budget.
MiracleCord's Annual storage plans are our most affordable plans, and our Lifetime plans offer the greatest long-term savings. The cost of our 20-Year plans falls in the middle of the other two plans and are the most popular plans.
The good news is that, with MiracleCord, if you start with an Annual plan or 20-Year plan, you can change to a longer-term storage plan later. We will give you credit for the cost of the plan that you started with (minus any finance charges, if you chose a payment plan) and apply that credit towards the cost of the longer-term storage plan that you are changing to.
Also, with MiracleCord, if you choose a 20-Year or Lifetime storage plan and need to use all your child's stem cells prior to the end of the plan term, we will issue a refund to you for the unused years of storage.
Now that you know that your child’s cord blood can be stored for a lifetime, enroll today and obtain the peace of mind that comes from protecting the health of your child and your family from over 80 diseases and conditions.