Umbilical cord blood banking is the collection and storage of stem cells from your newborn’s umbilical cord harvested after birth right in the delivery room, tested frozen and stored in either a public or private cord blood bank for potential future use. These stem cells will play an important and growing roll in the future treatment of potential diseases such as lymphomas, leukemia, immunodeficiency and metabolic disorders. Current research is being conducted in potential uses in dealing with diabetes, cerebral palsy and brain injuries. There are a number of private and public cord blood banks available. Along with the cost savings, the use of public cord blood banks have strong storage and handling standards increasing the likelihood that if a future need arises, access to a viable source may be greater compared to private sites by allowing for greater access to possible compatible matches. Most pediatric transplants using cord blood require a donor cord arising not from their own cord. However many parents elect to use private sites for their storage needs.
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