AlphaCord

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AlphaCord provides cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue collection, processing and storage for future medical use. The company offers a premium, five-chamber bag for storing more stem cells and an $85,000 quality guarantee that pays for finding an alternative source of stem cells if your stored stem cells fail to engraft. AlphaCord is registered with the FDA and based in Atlanta.

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    Pros

    • $85,000 quality guarantee
    • 100% success rate for transfers
    • Premium storage option for $59
    • 24/7 customer support

    Cons

    • Account termination fee
    • No genetic testing options

    Bottom Line

    AlphaCord provides cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue collection, processing and storage services with monthly payment plans. The company’s $85,000 quality guarantee protects families in case cells fail to engraft.

    What is AlphaCord?

    AlphaCord is a cord blood banking company that has processed and stored over 30,000 samples in nearly two decades in business. The company provides cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue collection, processing and storage services. AlphaCord uses a NextGen collection bag that allows hospital staff to see in real time the amount of blood being collected, which the company says allows collection of up to 250 milliliters.

    AlphaCord offers an $85,000 quality guarantee toward finding an alternative source of matching stem cells if your cord blood stem cells are stored with the company and fail to engraft. The company says it has a 100% success rate of providing viable cells for infusion and engraftment. AlphaCord is registered with the FDA and has worked with over 28,000 families. You can schedule a free consultation and receive a personalized discount.

    How does AlphaCord work?

    You can choose to store cord blood only; cord tissue and cord blood; or cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue with AlphaCord. You can also opt either to pay for storage annually or for 20 years of storage upfront. The company recommends deciding at least 30 days before your expected due date so you can coordinate with your health care provider (though it may be able to accommodate last-minute orders).

    To order a kit, go online or call. AlphaCord ships you a collection kit with instructions to take with you to the hospital. Shortly after birth, your health care provider will collect the blood and tissue and put them in the kit, which you send to AlphaCord’s lab overnight.

    At the AlphaCord lab the sample is tested for viability. You’ll be notified by email within 72 hours that the samples have been processed, and you’ll receive a storage certificate with a unique ID number and processing results in about six to eight weeks.

    In the event your family needs to access the cells for medical treatment, you can call AlphaCord, and it will send you and the treating physician the release forms. AlphaCord doesn’t charge to send your baby’s stem cells to an accredited medical treatment facility in the continental U.S.

    AlphaCord packages

    AlphaCord offers three options for customers: cord blood storage; cord blood and cord tissue storage; and cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue storage.

    Each package includes a collection kit that’s shipped to you and back to the lab and all processing and testing. When signing up, you can choose to pay for storage (starting the second year) yearly or purchase 20 years of storage upfront. AlphaCord also includes its $85,000 guarantee and access to support 24/7.

    AlphaCord pricing

    With AlphaCord, you pay a fee for collection, processing and one year of storage, then an annual storage fee. You can choose to pay upfront and save or pay monthly. Alternatively, you can prepay for 20 years of storage. You also have the choice of upgrading to a five-chamber storage bag (from two chambers) for $59. Be sure to check with AlphaCord for the latest pricing, monthly payment amounts and promotions.

    Cord blood only

    The regular price is $995, which includes the first year of storage. Annual storage costs $150 per year. If you choose to pay for 20 years of storage upfront, the cost is $2,495 total.

    Cord blood and cord tissue

    The regular price with one year of storage is $1,495. After the first year, annual storage costs $250 per year. The 20-year package costs $3,695.

    Cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue

    The regular price with a year of storage is $1,995, with a $350 annual storage fee after the first year. The 20-year option costs $5,995.

    AlphaCord FAQ

    Is AlphaCord covered by insurance?
    AlphaCord doesn’t accept insurance directly. Contact your insurer for more information about whether cord blood banking is covered by your plan.
    Is AlphaCord FDA-approved?
    AlphaCord is registered with the FDA as a Human Cell and Tissue Establishment at the time of publishing.
    How long does cord blood banking last with AlphaCord?
    Customers can choose to store cord blood cryogenically with AlphaCord for up to 20 years.
    What is AlphaCord’s cancellation policy?
    If you decide to cancel at least 15 days before your due date, you can send an unopened kit back for a full refund (shipping not included). Otherwise, you need to fill out an account cancellation form, have it notarized, send it in and pay a $150 termination fee.

    Is AlphaCord worth it?

    The decision to store your baby’s cord blood is highly personal. If you do want to partner with a private storage company, consider AlphaCord. It is experienced and offers options for collecting not just cord blood, but also cord tissue and placental tissue. The company reports a 100% success rate for transfers and has an $85,000 quality guarantee. We recommend starting with a free consultation so you can learn more about current pricing and get answers to any questions.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 13, 2016

    Shipped in a controlled temperature cooler at 39 degrees. Very secure, locked and safe. Very satisfied with this method of shipment. Extreme care taken with packing. Cooler very safe and secure and double packed into an inner compartment. Extreme care taken with the storage and the transportation. Sales rep accompanied the shipment via car. Extremely valuable method of packing and shipment. Double compartment was air and water tight. Extremely professional and thorough. Very satisfied with this method. Payment after successful shipment completed. Very professional packing, shipment, and delivery. Seamless and trouble free method and delivery.

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    Rated with 4 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 25, 2016

    The process is very intense, so it helped to feel supported by most of the people I spoke with. There is genuine care and concern for their clients, and it shows. It really makes the entire process much easier, and I think the positive atmosphere improved my odds. I know they take care of any samples and they use only one courier service, so there is no need to worry about mishandling or samples getting lost in transit because of a transfer from one delivery service or courier to another. It is safe. The value of the service they provide is priceless. It saves us from so many worries in the future and the service could also be more helpful than we know. New research may lead to many more benefits of core blood banking. They have the lowest prices of the known providers of core blood banking, and the level of service exceeds that of any competitors in my opinion. I am so thankful to have found them.

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      Rated with 5 stars
      Verified Reviewer
      Original review: Aug. 23, 2016

      They hold it for my sister and I just organized it for her while she was out of commission after her second kid. They seem to be the most helpful. They are holding cord blood for my sister just in case something ever goes wrong and they are holding it beautifully and give update occasionally for peace of mind. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive way to store cord blood, I would recommend these guys because the service is well value for the pricing. Solid payment options, which make it very easy to handle things. It was a life save in regards to this because my sister really wanted to do this but was on a pretty tight budget.

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        AlphaCord Company Information

        Company Name:
        AlphaCord
        Year Founded:
        2002
        Website:
        www.alphacord.com