September 20, 2014

Nurse and baby at a public cord blood bank

Public Cord Blood Banks

What is Cord Blood Banking

What is cord blood banking?  Breaking it down into the simplest of terms, it is the collecting and storing of stem cell rich blood from a newborn baby’s umbilical cord for possible future medical use by the child, family member or unrelated patient in need of a stem cell transplant. Beginning in the late 1980’s […]

Cord Blood Banking Cost

There are two ways to bank your baby’s cord blood.  The first is with a public cord blood bank.  Public cord blood banks are free; however, once the cord blood is donated to a public cord blood bank, there is no way to retrieve it as yours later on down the road.  This is due […]

The Process of Cord Blood Donation

The process of cord blood donation can be viewed as happening in two parts.  The first is the behind the scenes work with regard to planning the donation (does your hospital collect donations?, signing consent forms, etc.).  The second part consists of the actual extraction of the cord blood from the umbilical cord after birth.  […]

Why Use Umbilical Cord Blood?

Umbilical cord blood is valuable due to the stem cells found within the blood.  There are three methods commonly used to obtain stem cells, otherwise known as the ‘master cells’ which are the body’s basic building blocks: 1) from bone marrow, 2) from peripheral blood stem cells, and 3) from umbilical cord blood (UCB). These […]

What Diseases Can Cord Blood Fight?

Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is being increasingly used in place of bone marrow as a source of stem cells in treating a variety of medical conditions and illnesses. These include cancer, blood, genetic and immune system disorders.  It is also currently being considered in the treatment of diabetes and with brain injuries. As research continues […]