Donate or store umbilical cord blood? A question that occupies many parents. Since 2007 VitaPlusDonation has allowed you to provide for your own child with a private umbilical cord blood deposit and, in addition, make these stem cells available to another ill person as a potential lifesaver in case of emergency. The donation option does not involve any additional costs to you: You only pay the fee for the storage of the umbilical cord blood in accordance with your selected product option. Vita 34 takes care of all the rest for you.
Have you made a decision in favor of the free, additional VitaPlusDonation option? Then we check, whether the umbilical cord blood is suitable for donation. Subsequently, the blood data is made available to anonymously physicians searching for a suitable donor via a stem cell registry. If a patient requires these stem cells, the attending physician makes an inquiry with us. We only conduct additional preliminary tests and release the umbilical cord blood for treatment after you have provided written consent for dispensement of the umbilical cord blood. You then receive all of the funds you have paid to us up to then back with interest.
On the one hand, you can donate your child’s umbilical cord blood to a public stem cell bank. This is free of charge, however, your child thereby loses the right to his/her own stem cells, even in an emergency. Anyway, only some 10 percent of the originally donated blood is stored as preparations. In an emergency, the probability of finding one’s own stem cells again is low.
You can also opt for specific private storage and deposit your child’s umbilical cord blood at a private umbilical cord blood bank. Here, it will be fundamentally stored as your child’s own property. It costs something, but the advantage is that you can immediately access it in case of need.
An increasing number of parents are combining the donation of umbilical cord blood and private storage. The umbilical cord blood is immediately available in case of need. You can, however, also donate it if your child does not need it and another person needs it urgently. In this case, the money for storage will be reimbursed to you with interest.
Many parents seek decision-making assistance when it comes to the consequence-laden question: To publicly donate umbilical cord blood or store it privately for one’s own child? The most important pros and cons, as well as the possible alternative, VitaPlusDonation.