Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Facts About Cord Blood Banking

Most of the expectant parents know what cord blood banking is and how it can prove beneficial in the long run. Here are some of the must-known facts that will cut the information overload and help you in taking an informed decision.

The process of collecting the umbilical cord blood(CB) doesn’t harm the new-born or the mother in any way. Since, the CB is collected right after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped, it poses no threat to the baby or the mother. No matter whether it was a vaginal delivery or caesarean section, the collection procedure of cord blood is the same. Around three to five ounces of blood are collected from the umbilical cord during  this process. 

You can find public and private cord blood banking facilities. Umbilical cord blood donated to the
public banks is used either for research purposes or for any lifesaving stem cell transplants. On the other hand, you need to pay a hefty amount of money to store your baby’s cord blood in a private bank facility. However, the storage fees you pay at the private facility will be worth it, as your baby’s cord blood is saved specifically for your own family. Expectant parents who can’t afford the fees of private cord blood banking pricing can think about donating their new-born’s cord blood to a public bank. 

Whether you are planning to donate the cord blood to a public bank or store it in a private facility, the expectant mother will be tested for various infections and diseases. For example, moms who have been treated for cancer can’t donate their cord blood.
If you have been planning to bank your new-born’s cord blood, then it is important to start your planning ahead of time. Put your research skills into use to collect as much information as possible. Browse through the reliable web sources and seek the guidance of your healthcare practitioner to find out more details about the cord blood banking procedures.

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