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Do I have options when it comes to cord blood banking?

As a parent, you have three options when it comes to your baby’s cord blood. First, you have the option to store your child’s cord blood at a private bank, such as CariCord, which makes the cord blood stem cells available exclusively to your baby and family for any future use or need. Second, you can donate your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank where it will be used for research purposes or for transplants for any matching person who needs it. Third, is the option to not save the cord blood at all. If a parent chooses this option, the cord blood is disposed of as medical waste following the birth of your child. Unfortunately, the majority of all births follow this route, but as more and more parents are learning the benefits of cord blood banking and cord blood donation, the numbers of those who choose to give this gift of life is increasing each year.