ViaCord Cord Blood Review
ConsumersAdvocate.org Rating: 7.8 / 10 (Very good)
For over two decades ViaCord has been providing cord blood storage and preservation services for families. Its parent company PerkinElmer, Inc. a recognized leader in the health industry continues to work with ViaCord to improve services and expertise.
- Cord Blood Banking - $1575/child
- Cord Blood + Tissue Banking - $2420/child
- Annual Storage - $150/y
- 20 Year prepaid Storage - $2375/child
- 25 Year prepaid Storage - $2750
ViaCord operates an FDA registered laboratory located in Hebron, KY. It is CLIA certified and AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) accredited and is licensed in CA, MD, KY, NJ and NY.
- Cord Blood Banking
- Cord Tissue Banking
Stem cells are stored in an FDA approved Heparin-Free, cord blood collection bag. This is finally stored in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen to prevent contamination.
Stem Cell Sources
- Cord blood
- Umbilical cord
Cord blood cell count
ViaCord works with MNX, a private medical courier service to collect cord blood samples and transport this to its laboratory. MNX provides these services 24/7 all throughout the year. The company specializes in transporting medical specimens. Shipping costs for US collections are included in the first year service fees.
ViaCord - Summary
ViaCord’s cord blood and tissue banking services is a good choice for families searching for a reliable and professional company to handle their special needs. However, one downside is its annual storage fees which other companies offer for free. Standard cord blood banking starts at $1,800 which is average for what other companies charge for the same service.