Hi, As it happened we delivered at a hospital that does not allow private cord blood banking.
However they do allow public cord blood banking.
My obstetrician said this was a great alternative as:
a) its highly uunlikely we would ever need to use my son's sample (there is no current technology and leukaemia etc are rare)
b) if we did need it it would very likely still be available for us, as if it is ever used, the amount needed is not large and the chances of another child matching my son't type are also pretty uncommon.
So we banked publicly for free. We hope we never need it. But it makes us feel better that if someone else does it could help them, and if we do, our own sample is still likely to be available - all for free.
Just thought I'd mention it.