We banked our cord blood from DS at a public cord bank which does not engage in research. That means it will be there to help someone who is a match, whether that is us or someone else. Since they take a large amount more than 1 person can be helped and I'm happy to help others. There is no reason to think it won't be there if we need it too, the chances of more than a few matches are small.
?IF you bank it somewhere that uses some for research they can use it up quickly and it won't be there if you need it.
It cost us a fee for collection to the OB but that's all. They came and collected it the morning after the birth. If DS had been born in one of their affiliated hospitals there would have been no collection fee.?
i recently looked into this but unfortunately i was too late. I live in Maryland where there are no public chord blood banks. Only private. we decided against private because the only medical conditions known in mine and dh family hx is cancer( which your own chord blood could be predisposed for so wouldn't help) I called a public bank donation place but they said they were too far and only had a window of like an hour after delivery to pick it up since it has to be frozen quickly. So i found a universal donation website but by the time i called I was 35 weeks and the cuttoff for request was 34 weeks for paperwork time. You can google cord blood donation. i'm not sure sure if research is done at the universal site though.Someone posted about a public bank that doesnt use it for research and that sounds like the way to go if you can find one!