A look at the ways that storing your baby’s umbilical cord blood in a cord blood bank may help your baby later on in life.
A discussion of when to contact a cord blood bank about umbilical cord blood storage.
When you are comparing cord blood banks you may have a hard time figuring out which one is the right one for you and your family. Cord blood collection and storage is a fairly new technology and business, so it can be hard to determine who is legit and who is not. You may become so overwhelmed by all the information that you’ll give up and either decide not to have cord blood collected, or you’ll pick a random blood bank, which may not be the best idea.
Umbilical stem cells are different from other stem cells, though researchers are still not sure what all the differences are, or if there are more than they already know about. Research into the differences between umbilical stem cells and those derived from other sources is a very active area of interest, and it’s likely to continue to be until we understand all the differences.
Cord blood is something that most people assume that they will never need, though many people find themselves or the people that they love in a position where cord blood is definitely needed. Cord blood can be taken from a private bank or a public storage bank, depending on the arrangements that have been made in the past. The process of getting the blood will differ depending on where you get the blood.
More and more families are choosing to collect and store their baby’s cord blood all the time. Just ten or twenty years ago people would have thought it odd it collect and store umbilical cord blood, but today it’s common for parents to know about cord blood collection. Parents are learning all the time what value cord blood has, that stem cells can literally save or change the life of their child or another family member later in life. Collecting and storing cord blood is thinking ahead and making sure that you are prepared for the future, whatever it may bring.