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Between 11,000 and 13,000 babies have been born in Montana each year since 2002, according to state data. Some parents choose to store their baby’s cord blood for future medical use. The Billings Gazette has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing local popularity and plans of 18 businesses and choosing six favorites from the top cord blood banking companies in Billings.

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How to choose a cord blood bank in Billings

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Billings residents have a lot to consider when choosing a cord blood bank. First, decide if you want to store your baby’s cord blood for your family’s use in a private bank or if you want to make a donation to a public cord blood bank.

  • Private cord blood banks collect and store cord blood, cord tissue and even placental tissue for private use by a family. These companies charge a fee for processing and storage, which you can arrange for up to 20 to 25 years or even a lifetime. Once you enroll, the company sends a collection kit that you bring to the hospital to give to medical staff. After delivery, you contact a courier to pick up the cord blood and cord tissue and transport it to the lab for processing and storage.
  • Public cord blood banks collect donations of cord blood and make stem cells available to the public and for research. There is no cost to give to a public cord blood bank, but not all hospitals work with one, so it’s important to contact Billings hospitals first to find one that can help you donate.

Check that a cord blood bank is registered with the Food and Drug Administration, and ask if it has any professional accreditations from organizations such as AABB and FACT. If you are storing cord blood for your family, you should compare costs, experience, transplant success rates and product quality guarantees.

How much does cord blood banking cost in Billings?

The average cost of cord blood banking in Billings with 20 years of private storage is between $3,000 and $5,000. You can also choose annual storage by paying a one-time fee of $1,000 to $2,000 and a yearly fee of $120 to $200. Most companies allow Billings families to make monthly payments, but you can save money by paying in full upfront. You may also be able to save by banking for twins or triplets, taking advantage of special offers or making referrals to the cord blood banking company.

Pros and cons of cord blood banking in Billings

Cord blood banking in Billings has both pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Cord blood stem cells can be used to treat over 80 medical conditions, including leukemia and lymphoma and specific disorders of the blood and immune systems.
  • Cord blood stem cells can be stored in private banks for 20 to 25 years for future family use.
  • Continuing medical research may discover more uses for cord blood stem cells and treatments using stem cells from cord tissue and placental tissue.

Cons:

  • Private cord blood banking costs at least several thousand dollars for 20 or more years of storage.
  • Most families never use the stored cord blood stem cells.

Billings cord blood banking FAQ

Is cord blood banking covered by insurance?

Health insurance providers may cover the costs of cord blood banking if they consider it medically necessary. Contact your insurer to discuss your coverage and the specifics of your situation.

Is it worth banking cord blood?

Investing in cord blood banking has the potential to save a family member’s life if he or she has a condition that is treatable with a cord blood stem cell transplant. It’s a good idea to educate yourself as much as possible about cord blood banking, discuss the choice with your family and talk with your health care provider before making a decision.

Can cord blood be used for grandparents?

Yes, it may be possible to treat grandparents with cord blood. The FDA states that private cord blood can be used for treatment of first- and second-degree relatives.

Billings cord blood banking company information

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Americord

Americord provides private storage for cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue. Billings families can choose to pay annually for storage or prepay for 20 years. A 24-month payment plan is available. Americord includes a $110,000 product quality guarantee and charges no fees for cancellation. The company states on its website that it has released several stem cell units for transplant with a 100% success rate.

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MiracleCord

Billings customers can enroll online or over the phone with MiracleCord, which banks both cord blood and cord tissue. The company offers annual, 20-year and lifetime storage, along with 12-month payment plans. MiracleCord’s TimeCritical processing within 12 hours of collection yields more viable stem cells, according to its website. Families get a $100,000 engraftment guarantee when they bank with MiracleCord.

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StemCyte

StemCyte is a hybrid banking company, carrying an inventory of both private and public cord blood. Billings families can choose either StandardCell processing or more efficient MaxCell processing for cord blood and cord tissue, with annual, 18-year or lifetime storage options. Plans include a $50,000 guarantee in case engraftment fails. If you refer a friend successfully to StemCyte, the company gives you $100 or a free year of storage.

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New England Cord Blood Bank

New England Cord Blood Bank privately stores cord blood and cord tissue, with annual, 20-year and lifetime plans. Billings customers can make interest-free payments over 12 months. NECBB has an $80,000 engraftment guarantee to cover the costs of alternative therapy if your baby’s stem cells fail to engraft. The company gives you a $100 gift card for making a referral.

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PacifiCord

PacifiCord offers cord blood and cord tissue storage. The company processes cord blood in 24 hours or less and sends Billings customers a detailed testing report, cell analysis report and storage certificate. One-year, 18-year and lifetime storage options are available. You can pay upfront, annually or using financing. Call PacifiCord for a free consultation.

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Securicord

Securicord offers private cord blood and cord tissue storage with yearly to lifetime options. The Canadian company provides 24/7 support, DNA testing and online account management. Customers can pay in full or distribute payments over 12 months. Billings customers can request a free information kit online from Securicord.

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