Important Facts To Understand About Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking allows anyone to store stem cells found in umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is extracted from the umbilical cord of a newborn right after birth. For treatment of blood disorders, stem cells in the cord blood is used to regenerate new and healthy blood. For immune system disorders, it is used to boost immune systems.
Cord blood should not be confused with embryonic stem cells. There is a controversy in the United States regarding embryonic stem cells. Cord blood is completely different and not the center of controversy.
Umbilical cord blood is stored at a cord blood banking facility. There are private and public cord blood banking facilities. Public banks accept donations for use by anyone in need of cord blood. Private facilities store cord blood for use by people specified by the donor and charge fees for collection and maintaining the store of cord blood.
Private cord blood banking is a good choice for those who have disorders in their family which would benefit from cord blood treatments. Those at high-risk would have a store of cord blood if needed. Public facilities provide most of the cord blood transfusions done in the United States, so even high-risk families should be able to obtain a transfusion from a public bank.
Using the cord blood from one’s own donation should be determined by a health care specialist. For treatment of genetic disorders or cancer, the cord blood may contain the genetic defect that caused the disorder. When cord blood is required for treatment, the best choice may be a transfusion from a public cord blood bank.
Cord blood banking facilities have contracts stating terms such as ownership. Public facilities typically do not state the donation belongs to the donor or their family. Private banks usually name the mother as the owner to all rights until the donor turns eighteen. Then, all rights revert to the donor.
Making an informed choice on cord blood banks is important and is a personal decision. Many believe the potential benefits make it a wise decision. Consider the peace of mind banking cord blood brings to a family. Talk with a health care provider and research cord blood banks to make the best choice.