VitaPlusDonation: Store umbilical cord blood with the option of public donation

Individual healthcare with foresight

Donate umbilical cord blood or store it privately? More and more parents choose VitaPlusDonation and combine individual precaution by means of a stem cell deposit and the optional release of the deposit for public donation, when others are in medical need. The stem cell preparation is available immediately in case of need and you can donate it, if another person needs it. Thus, the stem cell deposit is always completely available for your personal need, is, however, registered in a public register of donations and therefore available as a donation for others, if they need it. If another person needs the stored stem cells and is a suitable recipient, the doctor in attendance will ask you via Vita 34. We release the umbilical cord blood for treatment only when you give your consent. Vita 34 will reimburse the fees paid so far for VitaPlusDonation plus interest. The stem cell deposit is then not available anymore for your child’s healthcare.

Our service commitment

  • Advisory services

    • Detailed anamnesis
    • Evaluation by in-house doctors

    The careful recording and analysis of the medical family history is required by the health authorities and has the purpose of protecting your child in case the umbilical cord blood is applied. Our doctors evaluate by means of the medical history form and the findings recorded on the maternity card, whether umbilical cord blood can be collected and applied later from the medical point of view. The maternity clinic you choose will be informed accordingly.

  • Collection and transport of umbilical cord blood

    • Collection of umbilical cord blood including payment of personnel
    • Training of delivery team by Vita 34
    • Transport in temperature-protected collection package by specialized courier

    In time prior to the delivery, we will send you the temperature-protected Vita 34 transport box containing the specifically developed collection kit, which includes the required materials to collect the blood. The Vita 34 transport box including temperature-stabilizing gel pads, isolating polystyrene box, and temperature chip optimally ensures the blood’s quality. We trained doctors and midwifes at almost all maternity clinics in Germany and we pay them for the collection afterwards. Immediately after the umbilical cord was cut, the blood from the umbilical cord is collected and transported by a specialized courier to our stem cell laboratory. Storage is possible 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • Preparation and storage

    • Processing at Vita 34 laboratory
    • Computer-controlled cryo-preservation and unlimited storage in grid-independent stainless steel tanks
    • Insured by HDI Global SE

    At the laboratory, the umbilical cord blood is processed and prepared in line with international standards and becomes first-class source material for possible application. The blood is frozen in at least six portions (one main bag, five retain samples). If the blood volume is very high, several bags are frozen at no extra charge. Then you will be sent the certificate of successful storage. Permanent storage is effected in grid-independent cryo-tanks at approximately minus 180 degrees Celsius in special freezing bags packed in a cassette. Each contract is open-end, so that your deposit can be stored for an unlimited period. Your stem cell deposit is insured by HDI Global SE, which will provide the financial funds in case of insolvency in order to continue the professional and controlled storage of your child’s stem cell preparations until age 50. This form of insurance is unique!

    • Quality tests according to internal and official requirements
    • Communication and explanation of findings

    The Federal Institute of the Federal Ministry of Health licenses the storage and application of stem cells from umbilical cord blood only under strict conditions. The maternal and the umbilical blood are tested carefully for compliance with the required quality parameters. The results make sure that the stem cell deposit can be applied in case of disease. The quality tests take several weeks and comprise the following relevant steps:

    Umbilical cord blood:

    • Nucleated cell count
    • Blood typing
    • Sterility check
    • Infection markers (HIV 1 RNA, hepatitis C RNA, hepatitis B DNA, parvovirus B19 DNA, cytomegaly virus DNA)

    Maternal blood:

    • HIV 1/2 antibodies/p24 antigen
    • TP antibodies
    • Hepatitis Bs antigen, hepatitis Bc antibodies, hepatitis C antibodies
    • HTLV I/II antibodies

    Vita 34 will send you the test results and is available at any time if you have questions.

  • Included Vita 34 services

    • Up to 7,000 Euro family allowance in case of application
    • Tissue typing
    • Transport of stem cell deposit to treatment center at no extra charge
    • Price guarantee for further storages
    • Minimum 150 Euro loyalty bonus and special conditions

    If the stem cells are applied within the bounds of cancer therapy during the first twenty years of life of your child, Vita 34 will pay you one-time 7,000 Euro. Before the cord blood stem cells are applied within the family, Vita 34 bears the costs of the necessary tests (HLA typing). If the stem cells of your child are applied, you will be supported comprehensively. Vita 34 helps you filling out the forms and talking to doctors. The mobile stem cell team of Vita 34 transports the cryo-preserved stem cells in a special container to the doctor/other user (at no extra charge in Germany) and takes care of the professional preparation of the stem cells.

    If you set up a stem cell deposit for another child within five years, Vita 34 guarantees the same price as for the first storage and unchanged performance – irrespective of possible price adjustments in the meantime.

    The price for the second stem cell deposit is reduced by 150 Euro, for the third storage by 300 Euro, and for the fourth storage by 450 Euro. As of the fifth storage, the deposit is exempt from charges except for the annual fee. For twins, the contract fee for the second child amounts to only 50 percent, it does not apply at all for the third and any further child in case of multiple births.

  • Procedure of donation of cord blood

    • Verification of suitability of umbilical cord blood for donation
    • Forwarding of anonymized data to stem cell register stemcellsearch.org
    • Doctor makes a request, if a patient needs a stem cell preparation and the HLA characteristics match
    • Parents decide on release to the patient or continued storage for individual precaution
    • If the umbilical cord blood is retrieved, you will be reimbursed the expenses incurred so far plus interest.

    If parents want to combine the donation of umbilical cord blood and the individual precaution, Vita 34 checks whether the umbilical cord blood is suited for donation. Then, the data are anonymized and submitted to the international public stem cell register www.stemcellsearch.org, which was co-founded by Vita 34. Doctors, patients, and family members can use the database to search for stem cell donors.

    If a patient needs these stem cells, the doctor in attendance will send a request to Vita 34. Only after the parents agreed to the release of the umbilical cord blood in writing, do we conduct further preliminary tests and release the umbilical cord blood for treatment. You will be reimbursed the full amount of fees paid so far plus interest.

  • Financing

    • Financing by our partner TEBA-Kreditbank
    • Individually tailored financing options

    In collaboration with our experienced longtime partner TEBA-Kreditbank, we offer individual financing options tailored to your personal situation. Call the customer service (0800 034 00 00) or continue reading to get information here.

For your child’s health: Combine storing a private stem cell deposit & do good by public donation:

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