What is Cord Blood Banking?

There are many decisions that expectant parents have to make during pregnancy, whether or not to bank cord blood is one of them.1. What is Cord Blood Banking?

2. What makes cord blood valuable?

3. Where can I get more information on cord blood banking?

Once the baby has been born, the umbilical cord is first clamped in two areas, and then cut, usually by the father or coach under the direction of the doctor. A 2-inch section of this cord remains attached to the baby’s navel. The baby is then given to mom to hold for skin-to-skin time. Skin-to-skin time is a special undisturbed time between mom and baby.Cord blood banking is the collection and storage of the blood that remains in the longer section of umbilical cord and placenta, both of which are no longer attached to the baby. Collection of this blood has to occur within 10-15 minutes after delivery of the baby. The process for cord blood collection is considered a non-surgical procedure. Once the blood is collected, it is shipped to a cord blood repository or bank where it is processed and frozen for storage.
Cord blood is rich with stem cells. Stem cells are like tiny little building blocks and are important, because they can develop into other more specialized cells in the body for example: platelets, red blood cells or a muscle cell. Stem cells are valuable for their use in the treatment of a number of diseases and genetic disorders. Many illnesses requiring a bone marrow transplant can instead, be treated with a stem cell transfusion, There are genetic disorders and certain cancers for which stem cell transfusions are used. Sickle Cell Anemia and Leukemia are but two examples for which treatment may include the use of a stem cell transfusion.The recipient of a stem cell transfusion is someone with a qualifying disorder. This can be a sibling, relative, or a non- relative. Therefore, cord blood can be stored for a family’s private use, or the family can donate the blood so that it is available for use by the public. Arrangements for cord blood banking must be made before delivery. There is usually an initial fee followed by an annual storage fee. Check with your insurance carrier, some insurance plans help with the cost of cord blood banking.
To find out more about cord blood banking, first, speak with your care provider. You will need to be prepared to provide information about your family’s history of disease and any known genetic disorders. Your care provider is the best person to give you unbiased information and medical guidance. Health care providers and your insurance company can also provide you with resources for contacting companies that bank cord blood. Above all, get the information you need to make an informed decision. Reference: March of Dimes, 7/2002. Umbilical Cord Blood – Quick reference and Fact Sheet for professionals and researchers.


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    June 5th, 2013 at 9:36 AM (#)

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