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What is a Private Cord Blood Bank?

Private cord blood banks store cord blood solely for potential use by the donor or donor's family. Private banks typically charge around $2,000 for the collection and around $200 a year for storage.[2]

Private banks

Private banking is typically costly to parents and not covered by insurance. The ability to use the cord blood may also depend on the long-term commercial viability of the enterprise.[7] Accordingly, whether cord blood banking is a worthwhile expenditure for the expectant parent depends in part upon whether the expenditure is offset by the likelihood of ultimately using the cord blood and by the benefits of such use.[7] It is important to ensure the credentials of any potential private bank. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration regulates cord blood under the category of “Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue Based-Products”. Since the FDA considers cord blood stored at public banks to be "drugs", but doesn't consider cord blood stored at private banks for use by the donor to be drugs, private banks are held to a lower regulatory standard.[13]

Cord blood transplants require less stringent matching between the tissue types of the donor and patient, known as their human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types. Bone marrow transplants require a complete match on six key antigens, which are measures of graft-versus-host reaction, known as a 6/6 match. Cord blood transplants achieve the same medical success with only a 4/6 match.[13] HLA type is inherited from both parents, so siblings are particularly likely to be a match, and people from the same ethnic heritage are more likely to match. Minority ethnic groups have difficulty finding a perfectly matched transplant donor. Studies have found that allogeneic transplants have a better outcome when the donor and patient are related. The odds that two siblings will have the 6/6 match required for a bone marrow transplant are 25%.[7] The odds that two siblings will have the 4/6 match required for a cord blood transplant are 39%.

The policy of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) supports public cord blood banking (similar to the collection and banking of other blood products, i.e. altruistic, anyone can use it), as well as stating that it should only be considered under certain circumstances. The policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics states that "private storage of cord blood as 'biological insurance' is unwise" unless there is a family member with a current or potential need to undergo a stem cell transplantation. Private storage of one's own cord blood is unlawful in Italy and France, and it is also discouraged in some other European countries.[1]

The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation states that public donation of cord blood is encouraged where possible, the probability of using one's own cord blood is very small, and therefore storage of cord blood for personal use is not recommended, and family member banking (collecting and storing cord blood for a family member) is recommended when there is a sibling with a disease that may be treated successfully with an allogeneic transplant.













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  8. Jump up to:a b "WMDA Policy Statement on the Utility of Autologous or Family Cord Blood Unit Storage" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-09.

  9. ^ "Public Cord Blood Donation". National Cord Blood Program. Retrieved 2015-03-09.

  10. ^ "CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21"Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved 2014-03-18.

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What is a Cord Blood Bank?

A cord blood bank is a facility which stores umbilical cord blood for future use. Both private and public cord blood banks have developed in response to the potential for cord blood in treating diseases of the blood and immune systems. Public cord blood banks accept donations to be used for anyone in need, and as such function like public blood banks. Private cord blood banks store cord blood solely for potential use by the donor or donor's family. 

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930 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451


For nearly 20 years, ViaCord's mission has been to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service and care to our patients, families, and their physicians. We believe these words are much more than just a promise. They are the commitment we live by.



921 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 9810

Evercord uses the laboratory of the public bank BloodworksNW. The laboratory was founded in 1944, has been banking cord blood for 20 years, has released over 1,000 cord blood units for transplant to more than 100 hospitals around the world, and is accredited by AABB.


Cord Blood Registry

611 Gateway Blvd (Suite 820) South
San Francisco, CA 94080


Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) is the world's largest newborn stem cell company. CBR is dedicated to advancing the clinical application of newborn stem cells by partnering with leading research institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials, requiring CBR processed cord blood, for conditions that have no cure today.



700 Brooker Creek Blvd.
Oldsmar FL 34677


Cryo-Cell International, the world's first family cord blood bank, provides premier cord blood stem cell cryopreservation service. Cryo-Cell acquired the CORD:USE public bank in June 2018 and continues to operate their network of cord blood donation hospitals.

New England Cord Blood Bank

500 Donald J. Lynch Blvd.
Marlborough, MA 01752


New England Cord Blood Bank (NECBB), an affiliate of New England Cryogenic Center, is a private, family owned and operated cord blood bank. As pioneers in the industry with over 40 years of experience, NECBB is recognized as a global leader in the cryopreservation of cord blood and umbilical cord tissue serving countries worldwide.



45 Horsehill Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927


LifebankUSA seeks mothers in NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY ONLY who will donate both their cord blood and their placenta. The donations support an international registry, clinical trials and research.  Donations can be taken from any hospital, but mothers must register at least 8 weeks prior to delivery and pass a health screening.



13800 Live Oak Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706


StemCyte is a global cord blood therapeutics company.  StemCyte participates in the US network of public cord blood banks operated by Be The Match. In addition, StemCyte operates the National Cord Blood Bank of Taiwan, whose units are also listed with Be The Match. BloodworksNW 921 Terry Avenue., Seattle Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) collects cord blood donations directly in Washington state, and also receives donations from Hawaii.



75 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3100 Chicago, IL 60611


MiracleCord is a family cord blood bank with laboratory facilities that are AABB-accredited for both cord blood and cord tissue banking.



11915 La Grange Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90025

FamilyCord is a physician-founded leader in cord blood and cord tissue banking that is guided by the highest scientific and ethical standards.



139 Fulton St #707

New York, NY 10038

Maze Cord Blood Laboratories

2975 Westchester Avenue,

Purchase, NY 10577


MAZE is not AABB-accredited, they are a marketing company that sub-contracts to the AABB accredited laboratory at Community Blood Services in Montvale, NJ.



1777 Northeast Expressway NE Suite 180 Atlanta, GA 30329


Atlanta Celebration Stem Cell Centre

3495 South Mercy Rd.

Gilbert, AZ 85297


The Celebration Stem Cell Centre (CSCC), offers both public donation and private "family banking" of umbilical cord blood.  All cord blood collections are processed according to the highest standards in the industry in a new, state-of-the art facility located in Gilbert, Arizona.  The public cord blood donation program is funded by the private "family banking" program and private philanthropy.


Cleveland Cord Blood Center

25001 Emery Rd #150

Warrensville Heights, OH 44128


Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Cord Blood Foundation d.b.a. Cleveland Cord Blood Center collects donations in Cleveland and Atlanta.


12705 E. Montview Blvd, Suite 250, Aurora


ClinImmune Labs is an academic-based biotechnology company that processes cord blood donations for the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank and the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank.


Cord For Life

270 Northlake Boulevard, Altamonte Springs FL 32701


Cord for Life accepts NATIONAL MAIL-IN DONATIONS. Mothers must register by week 34 of pregnancy.



1533 E. Northfield Dr.,46112 , Brownsburg


CryoCyte is a service of Cryopoint LLC biorepository. CryoCyte has been privately banking cord blood for over 12 years.


Family Link

231 East Chestnut Street 

Louisville, KY 40202


Family Link is a program of Norton Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization which operates dozens of hospitals throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.   The cord blood banking program only accepts clients within a 4 hour driving distance of metro Louisville.  Their lab is based at Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gencure: Texas Cord Blood Bank

First Park Ten Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78213


Cord Blood Bank is a division of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, and since 2014 is affiliated with GenCure.

Michigan Blood

1036 Fuller NE. PO Box 1704, Grand Rapids Michigan

Michigan Blood mails the cord blood donation kit to the expectant mother but only accepts collections from deliveries at selected hospitals.



10100 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N.
Saint Petersburg, FL


OneBlood was born from the merger of three major Florida blood centers in Jan 2012. OneBlood serves the blood transfusion needs of about 80% of Florida's population and is the nation's third largest blood program.



185 Technology Drive,CA 92618


Irvine PacifiCord, a family cord blood bank in Irvine, CA, uses optimal processing and storage technology for long-term cord blood stem cell cryopreservation.


San Diego Cord Blood Bank

3636 Gateway Center Avenue., San Diego


The San Diego Cord Blood Bank has received funding from the California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP) that enables them to  collect donations.


Stem Cell Cryobank

10301 Hagen Ranch Road,FL 33437


Boynton Beach Stem Cell Cryobank is an AABB accredited & FDA registered facility that processes and stores cord blood and adult stem cells since 2003. The Stem Cell Cryobank is affiliated with the South Florida Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Institute (


Montvale Vitalant

102 Chestnut Ridge Road

Montvale, NJ 07645


Montvale Vitalant New Jersey (formerly Community Blood Services) can accept cord blood donations without pre-registration at participating hospitals that have on-site staff.  Donations are also accepted from certain hospitals via partnerships with local charities.


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