FAQ 2017-08-22T11:33:49+00:00


Stem cells are truly a treasure that can potentially save the life of your baby, family member or someone who may need a life-saving transplant.

What types of research is Lifeforce Cryobanks involved in? 2017-08-15T15:23:59+00:00

In cases where a unit is not eligible for an unrelated transplant or otherwise would be discarded, it may still be suitable for research purposes in pursuit of finding more uses of stem cells for health recovery. Lifeforce Cryobanks has a strict company policy on all the research we are involved in. We do not permit involvement in any research that is deemed controversial including cloning, embryonic, or non-health related research. Our purpose is to advance the field in areas focused on health recovery.

Can the required documents be sent by Fax? 2017-08-15T15:23:34+00:00

Not as this time. Regulations required that all signed documents be originals. We hope to be able to accept forms in electronic format in the near future.

What are the reasons for the different consents and health questions? 2017-08-15T15:23:11+00:00

Public donations are regulated by the FDA and AABB to ensure the quality and safety of every product. The health history information is part of this quality system and is designed to prevent collections that could cause harm to the mother, the child and/or the recipient. In addition, The National Marrow Donor Program® registry is performing a clinical study on cord blood donation and transplantation, it is important that all participants are clearly informed prior to the collection of the study and how the collected data may be utilized.
The additional consents used for both private and public collections are to ensure the mother and her physician/midwife have a thorough understanding of the cord blood collection and testing process.

Does it cost me anything to have the cord blood collected? 2017-08-15T15:22:22+00:00

There is no cost for a publicly donated cord blood collection. Fees do apply for private storage collections.

Can the umbilical cord blood be collected any day or time? 2017-08-15T15:22:02+00:00

Public donation collections must be processed and cryopreserved within 48 hours of the time of collection. Unfortunately, current commercial courier services are limited on weekends which prevent us from receiving the unit in the mandatory time-frame. As a result, publicly donated units cannot be accepted after 3PM (EST) on Friday through 3PM (EST) on Sunday. Private storage units have no restrictions at this time, and will be accepted 7-days a week.

Can you have the umbilical cord blood collected at any hospital or must you go to a designated collection hospital? 2017-08-15T15:20:57+00:00

Yes, Lifeforce Cryobanks is one of a very small number of cord blood banks that will accept collections from anywhere within the United States.

What are the physical risks to collecting cord blood? 2017-08-15T15:20:33+00:00

None, the cord blood cannot be collected until after the birth of your child.

What is the difference between a privately stored and publicly donated cord blood unit? 2017-08-15T15:20:10+00:00

Private storage cord cell units are collected, processed, cryopreserved and stored for use by the child (autologous) or a designated recipient (family member or other loved one). Privately storing your baby’s stem cells should be a consideration in families with a history of hereditary diseases which can be treated with stem cells or if your child is a minority or mixed race. These units are the property of the mother and child and cannot be used for an unrelated transplant. Because these units are not for public use, fees do apply. Click here for fee options.
Public donation cord cell units are collected, processed, cryopreserved, stored and listed on transplant registries which coordinate transplants for patients in need. These units are available to anyone looking for a stem cell “match” unit for transplant.

Why is it difficult to find a stem cell unit when a transplant is needed? 2017-08-15T15:19:44+00:00

Stem cells are different from the red cells in your body. Unlike the better known red cell typing (O-A-B-AB) stem cells have a very complicated identification system called “HLA Type” which is directly linked to a person’s ethnicity and race. Only identical twins will have identical stem cell type. The success of a stem cell transplant depends on finding a unit with a similar HLA type. Unfortunately, persons of minority or mixed race have a very difficult time finding a suitable unit and often a unit cannot be found.

What is umbilical cord blood and how is it used? 2017-08-15T15:19:20+00:00

A cord blood unit is the term used for the blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born. Cord blood is rich in blood-forming cells known as “Stem Cells” that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and many other life-threatening diseases. Cord blood is one of three sources of cells used in transplant; the other two are bone marrow and peripheral (circulating) blood (also called peripheral blood stem cell or PBSC transplants).

Are cord cells the same as embryonic cells? 2017-08-15T15:18:57+00:00

No, umbilical cord blood cells are taken from the baby’s umbilical cord and placenta after the baby is born, and not from an embryo. The use of cord blood stem cells for transplant is a routine medical procedure. The first successful cord blood transplant was performed in 1988 using sibling cord cells for the treatment of Fanconi Anemia.