You would have heard about the cord blood banking. Knowing more about this facility becomes more important if you are expectant or planning to conceive a baby. Awareness about cord blood banking is increasing fast. I know many parents, who despite being convinced with the importance of cord blood banking, find it confusing to select the best option out of three – Privately Store, Donate or Discard.
The primary reason for this confusion state is inadequate knowledge about cord blood and the available storing facilities. Most advertisements you see in the magazines and newspaper are primarily focused upon business promotion and just claim for being the best. How much informatory and reliable these advertisements are, you know well. But, you need to take decision well ahead of time that too rightly.
Cord blood is the blood of newborn’s umbilical cord that goes waste when it is cut off after the birth of baby. Cord blood like bone marrow is the very rich source of stem cells that are successfully being used to treat more than 90 serious natured diseases. It can be said that it is a boon to make many complicated medical treatments more dependable and reliable.
Until two decades before, newborn’s umbilical cord was thrown away as useless thing. But after knowing its importance, you wouldn’t opt this option. Now you are left with two options: Privately Storing or Donating at public cord blood bank.
Under Privately Storing option, cord blood cells are preserved exclusively for your personal use. Only you, your family members and siblings can use these cells. While after donating your newborn’s cord blood to public bank, you no longer remain the owner. However, you can get the matching cord blood cells from public cord blood banks. However, uncertainties are there with public cord blood banking. On the other side, complete blood cell collection is available for you. Privately storing of blood cells is comparatively more costly but it offers more reliability. Apart from the cost, selection also depends upon the family medical history and future life plans.