June 19, 2015

Umbilical cord blood banking is an important component to stem cell research, allowing cord blood cells that are collected from a new mother at birth, after her stages of pregnancy, to be used for a variety of purposes, including anemia treatment and the treatment of many other diseases.

When it comes to cord blood, expecting mothers have three options to consider during their pregnancy stages. A decision must be made during one’s stages of pregnancy, because umbilical cord blood banking can only be done at the birth of a child.

The first option is to store the newborn’s cord blood through a private cord blood banking service. This option makes the cord blood available exclusively to the family, in the event that it is ever needed for that child or another family member. Cord blood can be used to treat a variety of diseases, including various cancers, leukemia, and anemia treatment.

The second option is for new mothers to donate their child’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank after they complete their stages of pregnancy and give birth to their child. The cord blood will be collected by the doctor after delivery of their baby and donated to a public cord blood bank to be used for stem cell research, or to donate to a person in need who is a sufficient match.

The third option is, unfortunately, the most common. This option is to make no decision regarding cord blood banking during pregnancy stages. With this option, the otherwise useful cord blood will be discarded as medical waste.

As more and more expecting parents learn of the value of public and private umbilical cord blood banking, they are choosing one of the first two options over the third. CariCord is proud to offer private family banking, as well as public cord blood banking through our partners. Regardless of which you choose, you can be proud to know that your child’s cord blood will be put to good use, or stored for future use in the event that it is needed.

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