Womens Health

Cord Blood

When you're pregnant it seems there are a never-ending supply of decisions to be made. And if you factor in deciding whether or not to bank your baby's umbilical cord blood, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. That's why we're here. We have all the information you need to make this very personal decision a little bit easier.  

Get all of the facts you need to know about what cord blood is, the uses for cord blood and stem cells, the statistics behind whether you will ever really need to use your baby's cord blood and what to do if you decide to preserve your baby's cord blood in a cord blood bank.  Also learn the differences between a public cord blood bank and a private cord blood bank and decide which one best suits your family's needs and beliefs.  In addition, find out more about the many benefits to saving your baby's cord blood and read up on the heated controversy over stems cells and stem cell research.  

What Is Cord Blood?

First, find out what makes cord blood so advantageous, as well as why it is less controversial than other forms of stem cells. Indeed, one of the most fascinating things about cord blood is how it can be used to treat various chronic diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Leukemia. For example, did you know that stem cell transplants have a higher success rate than bone marrow transplants.  Learn more about the various diseases cord blood can cure and find out what the probably is that your baby may some day need his/her own cord blood as a cure.  Also read up on how cord blood from your baby can be used to save the life of an afflicted sibling or relative and decide if cord blood banking is right for you.  

Cord Blood Collection

And before you make any decisions, you'll want to find out how the procedure of collecting cord blood is done. Get the facts on cord blood storage and collection so you can avoid experiencing any unwelcome surprises. One of the most important decisions you will make, however, will be what cord blood bank you choose, so be sure you have all the information you need.  Learn more about the differences between public and private cord blood banks and what these differences mean for your access to the cord blood.  You can only have access to your own child's cord blood if you choose to store the cord blood in a private cord blood bank.  However, by donating to a public cord blood bank you may just save someone else's life.  There is no other donation you make great than that.  Learn more about this wonderful gift you can give.

Get all of the information you need about cordblood--its uses, collection, storage and more--so that you can decide if cord blood banking is right for you.

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