Saving your baby's umbilical cord blood allows it to be
cryogenically stored, and then available if your child later
becomes sick and needs a bone marrow transplant. Umbilical cord
blood was discarded until the 1970's, when researchers discovered that
umbilical cord blood could save lives under certain circumstances.How
do you decide on cord blood banking? Many soon-to-be parents ask this
very question. Here are some things to consider when deciding on
whether or not to bank your baby's umbilical cord blood.
This type of transplant would be 'autologous' and is different than
the more common 'allogenic' transplants that might be done from a
sibling or other relative or an unrelated donor. Our own blood is the
best choice for a transplant.
Often times, cord blood banking can save a baby's life. But still,
there are many other factors to consider. Price seems to be the number
one roadblock, with the complete cost being around $3,000. So, you
should certainly not feel guilty if you cannot bank your child's cord
blood. Should you even consider cord blood banking? That part will be
up to you.
However, if you already have a child or family member that has a
condition that can be treated with a stem cell transplant (such as
sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, aplastic anemia, leukemia, metabolic
storage disorders and certain genetic immunodeficiencies), then you
defenitely should consider banking your child's umbilical cord blood.
However, the average baby without risk factors has a very low chance
of ever needing his or her cord blood.
On the other hand, some doctors and researchers support saving
umbilical cord blood as a source of blood-forming stem cells in every
delivery. This is mainly because of the promise that stem-cell
research holds for the future. The majority of people would have
little use for stem cells now, but research into the use of stem cells
for treatment of disease is ongoing - and the future looks promising.
You may also want to donate your baby's cord blood. This is possible
through non-profit cord blood banks that use it for research or to
save the life of another child.
Overall, cord blood banking looks to have a promising future. It's
defenitely an option you should look into. After you've studied the
facts and your family history, you should be able to make a much more
informed decision on what's right for you.
Find out more about Cord Blood Banking at http://www.babynamebox.com/article/pregnancy/cord-blood-banking.html
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