Cord blood banking: What it is, why consider it?

Cord blood banking
What is cord blood?

Cord blood is the blood in your baby’s umbilical cord. It contains stem cells that can grow into blood vessels, organs, and tissues.

Cord blood stem cells are the subject of FDA-regulated clinical trials exploring their suitability for helping those with autism, brain injury, and other conditions. These specialized cells are already used to treat dozens of diseases.

Your baby’s cord blood can be collected at birth and stored for future use.

 What is cord blood banking?Cord blood banking involves collecting blood left in your newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta and storing it for future medical use. Cord blood contains potentially lifesaving cells called stem cells. (The stem cells in cord blood are different from embryonic stem cells.)

For cord blood storage, you have two main options:

  • You can donate your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank for anyone who needs it.
  • You can pay to store your baby’s cord blood in a private cord blood bank for your family’s use.
How is cord blood collected?

Cord blood is collected right after birth. The collection process is painless and safe for you and your baby, and it doesn’t interfere in any way with your labor or delivery. In fact, it’s so quick and painless that parents – caught up in holding and bonding with their new baby – are often unaware it has even happened.

Source: babycentre

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