FamilyCord Cord Blood Review

#8 in Cord Blood

Family Cord was started in 1997 and is a subsidiary of the California Cryobank. It currently offers its services to families to a number of countries across the world, helping them store their family’s cord blood.  The company stores stem cells using cryogenic technology to preserve this for future medical needs. Family Cord services include stem cell collection, processing and storage.

Pricing

Cord Blood – $1500 ($1800)         

Storage

  • 1 yr- $150
  • 5 yrs- $675
  • 15yrs - $1800
  • 25yrs - $2500               

CordBlood and Cord Tissue Plus - $2275 ($2575)

Storage

  • 1yr -$300
  • 5yrs - $1350
  • 15yrs - $3600
  • 25yrs - $5000

Accreditation

  • AABB
  • CLIA
  • FDA

Laboratory

Family Cord’s laboratory has been certified by the CLIA and is compliant with the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines with regards to laboratory testing of cord blood, laboratory personnel, quality control and quality assurance.

Services

  • Cord Blood Banking
  • Cord Tissue Banking

Storage Used

Specimens and stem cells are stored in an FDA approved dual-chambered bags with a heat-sealed overwrap for added protection against contamination. Stem cells are stored in cryogenic bags and treatment ready solutions which is a standard among stem cell transplant physicians.

 Stem Cell Sources

  • Cord blood
  • Umbilical cord

Laboratory Report

  • Cell count
  • Maternal blood testing
  • Cell viability
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells MSC photo certificate (Cord Tissue Plus)

Shipping Method

Family Cord works with a professional medical courier for all their transporting needs. Services are available 24/7 and even on holidays. Contract prices include shipping within the United States. Non-US shipments require additional shipping fees.

Family Cord - Summary

Family Cord has continuously provided quality cord blood banking services for families in the US and has even opened these services to families across the world. Major drawbacks however, are the numerous charges (medical courier, enrolment fees) that come with each plan. The company does provide a list of discounts which is great for families who qualify.

 

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