Q. How much will it cost to bank our baby's cord blood? What if we decide not to and need a match in the future?
A. It is important to understand the details of how the cells are stored and what, if any, additional costs are incurred if the cells actually need to be used. Fees for collection and the first year of storage range from $275 to $1,500. On the other hand, should your baby or other family member need stem cells later, a search for a match through a public cord blood program could cost upwards of $15,000, which could be covered by insurance.
Q. Could there be any danger to our baby in the collection process?
A. Cord blood is easy to collect and does not involve any pain for your baby. Discuss the process as it's described with your healthcare professional. You need to feel confident that the collection of the stem cells after the birth of your baby will not alter the routine practice for the timing of cord clamping, or in any way interfere with the care of your baby during and after the birth.
In addition, you might want to talk with other parents who have banked their baby's cord blood to get their impressions of the procedure, or visit the iVillage message boards on to learn what other parents think about this issue.