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Best Cord Blood Banking in Tallahassee, FL

Nov. 19, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Cord blood banking after childbirth preserves umbilical cord blood stem cells, which can be used to treat over 70 different diseases. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best cord blood banks in Tallahassee so you make an informed decision for your family’s health.

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Features
  • Cord Blood 2.0® process enables you to preserve up to 2x as many stem cells
  • Umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue banking
  • Screenings exceed FDA regulations for testing and quality control
  • Stem cells are stored in cryo-tanks using vapor nitrogen for protection
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AlphaCord
AlphaCord
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  • M-F: 8am - 10pm
  • Sat and Sun: 10am - 6pm
  • alphacord.com
Location
Serves residents in
Tallahassee, FL
(404) 315-6500
Viacord
Viacord
Features
  • Hours unavailable
  • viacord.com
Location
Serves residents in
Tallahassee, FL
(866) 668-4895
Cord Blood Registry
Cord Blood Registry
Features
  • M-F: 6am - 8pm
  • Sat and Sun: 6am - 4pm
  • cordblood.com
Location
Serves residents in
Tallahassee, FL
(888) 932-6568
New England Blood Bank
New England Blood Bank
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • cordbloodbank.com
Location
Serves residents in
Tallahassee, FL
(774) 843-2965

Is cord blood banking worth it?

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Around 3,000 babies are born in the Tallahassee area every year — about 3 in 4 at Tallahassee Memorial’s Women’s Pavillion. Families with young children in Tallahassee live in neighborhoods such as Betton Hills, Killearn Estates and Southwood.

Some parents choose to collect and save or donate umbilical cord blood, which is rich in stem cells that can be used to treat dozens of different diseases, including:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Other cancers, blood disorders, metabolic disorders, immune disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes.
  • Cord blood banking isn’t for everyone. When considering if cord blood banking is worth it in Tallahassee, here’s what to think about:

    • Whether you have a family history of disease that can be treated with umbilical cord stem cell transplants, which makes you more likely to use the cord blood
    • Cord blood banking cost, which is expensive for private cord blood banking
    • Whether you have enough time to plan for cord blood banking, which requires signing up with a cord blood registry and coordinating plans with your health care team
    • The cord blood banking company’s reputation and credentials, which must include registration with the Food and Drug Administration

    Cord blood banking pros and cons

    There are pros and cons of cord blood banking in Tallahassee.

    Pros Cons
    Potential to treat serious medical disease in your family (private banking) or community (public banking) Cost (for private banking)
    Safe and painless for mother and baby Not all diseases can be treated using umbilical cord stem cells
    Storage for 20 years or longer Donor and relatives may not always be matches for transplants
    Ongoing, promising research into more medical uses Cord blood likely goes unused

    How is cord blood stored?

    Cord blood is stored in either a private cord blood bank or a public cord blood bank.

    • A private cord blood bank charges families to collect, process and store cord blood in case you need it in the future. When you sign up, the cord blood banking company sends you a collection kit for hospital staff to collect the cord blood. A courier then picks up and transfers it to a lab for processing and storage.
    • A public cord blood bank takes cord blood donations at no cost and makes the umbilical cord stem cells available to the public.

    How much does cord blood banking cost in Tallahassee?

    Private cord blood banking costs $3,500 - $5,000 total for 20 years of storage. This includes an initial fee of $1,500 - $2,000 for a collection kit, cord blood transport from the hospital to a lab and processing. It also includes annual storage fees of $150 - $200. Most companies have payment plans to make cord blood banking more affordable.

    Some cord blood banking companies also store cord tissue and placental tissue stem cells, which researchers are studying for future use.

    There is no cost to donate cord blood to a public cord blood bank. If you decide you want to donate, check with your health care provider; not all participate in public cord blood donation.

    Who can use cord blood?

    The donor, donor’s siblings, relatives and nonrelatives may be able to use a donor’s cord blood. Who can use cord blood depends on:

    • Whether the cord blood is stored at a private or public cord blood bank
    • The medical condition being treated
    • Whether the patient is a genetic match with the donor
    • The quality of the cord blood

    Americord

    Americord

    (917) 338-6773 VISIT AMERICORD

    Americord is a private cord blood bank that collects, processes and stores cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. This FDA-registered company has a 100% success rate when releasing stem cell units and offers a product quality guarantee. Pricing includes 20 years of storage. Customers give many five-star reviews, saying their experiences with Americord exceeded expectations.

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