Expecting parents now have a new worry on their minds.
Why Consider it ?
Before their child is born, they must make the decision of whether or not to have the baby’s cord blood collected and preserved in a cryogenic facility called a cord blood bank, in case at some time in that child’s life, he or she is afflicted with one of the diseases that can be treated with a cord blood infusion. If the parents opt to follow that path, then they are faced with yet another choice – they must choose between a private cord blood bank, or a public one. If they choose the private cord blood bank option, then they must choose a cord blood bank company, and make the arrangements well in advance of the baby’s birth in order to arrange for the cord blood to be collected immediately after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut.
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Is it Worth it ?
The decision to have the baby’s cord blood preserved by a private cord blood bank can be less beneficial than one would expect, but there are several issues with that. First, one small collection of cord blood doesn’t contain enough stem cells to be used to save the life of even a child, in most cases. Public blood banks usually combine several samples of cord blood stem cells in order to have enough for a transplant. Second, if the disorder that the child (or a sibling) is diagnosed with is genetic or has been present from birth, then the sample will be unusable due to the fact that it contains the very disorder that the doctors are trying to cure with a stem cell transplant.
What About Private Blood Banks ?
Private cord blood banks are often quite expensive, since they charge a fairly hefty fee for the initial collection, testing, and preserving of the cord blood sample, and then charge an ongoing yearly fee for storage as well.