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  1. How much does stem cell storage cost?

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    Cord blood banking is hugely popular these days. The world’s 500 cord blood banks contain a total of more than four million cord blood samples, a number that’s increasing fast by around a quarter of a million every year. So why are parents paying good money to store their child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells? And what do you get for your money? Is cord blood banking worth the cost when it’s something you dearly hope you’ll never need? If you do need it, it can save your child’s life. It’s easy to see why it’s such a big decision. 

    Your baby’s cord blood stem cells could save their life one day. They’re already proven to help with more than 80 diseases and illnesses. As the science progresses more conditions will be added to the list, and that’s magic. 

    Careful, expert stem cell processing is essential, and it’s highly specialised. The skilled NHS transplant nurses we work with do everything possible to eliminate all the potential risks, so we can store lots of healthy, cells safely for many decades. 

    The decision to take out a stem cell storage payment plan is a bold one, and it’s backed by science. Yes, it means you need to think about the worst happening to your child, which isn’t comfortable. On the bright side the stem cells you store will be available to treat unexpected conditions in the future, including awful illnesses like leukaemia. 

    Publicly donated umbilical cord blood is available to us all, of course. It doesn’t always have to be a perfect match, and it’s perfect for treating people who can’t be treated with their own stem cells, for example those with some types of cancer, sickle cell anaemia and metabolic disease. 

    When you donate your baby’s cord blood to the public you can’t access it yourself, and if you ever need a transplant you’ll have to wait for cells to become available. You can see why so many families decide to bank their own cells to rely on in the future. 

    How much does it cost to store stem cells? At Biovault Family we charge from £1,950 for 25 years of storage, including all the consultation and admin fees, the collection kit itself, a fast and reliable courier service, the stem cell processing, the cell counts, the viability testing and cutting-edge cryogenic storage. There are no annual costs on top of the initial fee, but you can opt to also store cord blood and tissue if you like. 

    What does the cord blood banking cost include?

    Biovault Family offers two packages, each with its own very reasonable cord blood banking cost. The first comes with umbilical cord blood processing and storage provided as a stand alone service, the second includes cord blood processing and storage plus umbilical tissue banking.

    Our Family pack includes all this for £1950: 

    • Cord blood processing
    • Cord blood collection kit
    • Optional 25 or 50 years cryogenic storage
    • 1 year complimentary insurance cover for cord blood only
    • Courier service
    • Cord Blood Sterility testing
    • Cord Blood Total Nucleated Cell count
    • Full CD34+ haematopoietic stem cell count
    • Cord Blood CD34+ cell viability
    • Maternal Blood Infectious Disease testing
    • Storage certificate
    • Full client support & administration fees
    • Plus an extra phlebotomist service if required

    You can decide on a fully inclusive package with cell storage guaranteed for either 25 or 50 years, and that’s unique to the UK. As the country’s only storage bank providing inclusive storage, with us you make dramatic savings of as much as 37%. 

    Millions of families believe the cord blood banking price is worth every penny. Our Family Plus Cord Blood and Tissue Storage and Processing pack is the most popular. It costs £2450 and this is what it includes: 

    • All the benefits of the Family Pack
    • Cord Blood processing
    • Cord Tissue processing
    • Optional 25 or 50 years cryogenic storage included
    • 1 year complimentary insurance cover for cord blood only
    • Cord blood & tissue collection kit
    • Courier service
    • Cord Blood Sterility testing
    • Cord Blood Total Nucleated Cell count
    • Full CD34+ haematopoietic stem cell count
    • Cord Blood CD34+ cell viability
    • Maternal Blood Infectious Disease testing
    • Storage certificate
    • Full client support and administration fees
    • More potential future possibilities
    • An extra phlebotomist service if you require it

    How long can cord blood be stored?

    It’s amazing to think you can store your child’s cord blood for either twenty five or fifty years, so it can be used to protect their health and well-being well into adulthood. Can you think of a better gift to support your child’s future? 

    Jo Kingston

    BSc (Hons) Chemistry

    Sales Manager | Biovault Family

    Jo joined Biovault Family in 2019 as the Sales Manager. With her Science degree & her passion for the healthcare industry and background in the Pharmaceutical & Biotech industry, Biovault Family was the perfect fit. Jo is enthusiastic about Umbilical Cord Banking and her goal is educating all expecting couples in the UK about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to store their baby’s cord blood & cord tissue.

  2. Is cord blood banking worth the cost?

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    Cord blood banking has become an important part of birth planning. There are now over 4 million cord blood samples held in storage in 500 cord blood banks across the world, and these are increasing by 250,000 a year.

    But why are parents choosing to pay thousands of pounds to store their child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells, and is cord blood banking really worth the money?

    The real cost of cord blood banking

    The thing with cord blood banking is that you hope that you won’t need it, but if you do it is priceless. It can save your child’s life.

    How much does it cost to store baby cord blood stem cells?

    Cord blood storage at Biovault Family costs £1,950 for 25 years. That includes all consultation and admin fees as well as collection kit, courier service, stem cell processing, cell counts, viability testing and cryogenic storage. There are no annual costs. There is an option to store cord blood and tissue as well.

    Stem cell processing is a highly specialised procedure. We work hard to eliminate every possible risk so that your child’s cells remain healthy and plentiful for decades. Working with NHS transplant nurses, as we do on a daily basis in our capacity as the South West Penninsula’s human tissue bank, we are keenly aware of the high stakes of our work.

    The case for private cord blood storage

    Cord blood banking is a brave decision. It means confronting the possibility that the worst may happen to your child, even before they have been born.

    When Rosa Barney was pregnant she and her husband decided that they would their baby’s cord blood privately so that the stem cells would be there to help treat an unforeseeable illness, such as leukaemia. The couple were also hopeful that cord blood stem cells would one day benefit their son who had childhood apraxia.

    18 months after Isabella’s birth she was also diagnosed with apraxia. Aged 3, Isabella was able to receive her own stem cells by infusion. A treatment that turned her life around.

    It was like her being born again. (Steve Barney, Isabella’s father)

    It’s an investment for the future, or in the rare case of a problem, like with this family. (Dr Joanne Kurtzberg)

    The case for cord blood donation

    Publicly donated cord blood is available to anyone, and doesn’t necessarily have to be a full match; it’s particularly useful for both children and adults who have conditions that cannot be treated with one’s own stem cells — including some cancers, sickle cell, and metabolic disease.

    It’s important to understand that if you choose to donate your child’s cord blood, you will not be able to access it in the future. If your child or another family member should require a transplant, you may have to wait until cells are available for treatment.

    As Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg explains, “A mom has to know she’s really giving up her rights to the cord blood with a public donation. It is the truly altruistic choice.”

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    BSc (Hons) Microbiology

    Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family

    Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.