Those that are having a baby are likely to be contacted about cord blood banking. Although this is a personal decision that can only be made by the mother and father, it is one that is worth taking into consideration. When cord blood is banked, it is stored so that at a later time, if needed, it can be used. There are several key reasons why anyone would want to do this. The main reasoning is quite simple. Cord blood contains very important cells that can help to grow a healthy immune system for someone that may have become ill. Not only can this cord blood be used for the baby, but for others that have the same type of blood and tissue. Therefore it is very valuable.
There are several types of cord blood banking process that can take place. You can bank your baby’s blood in a public bank. When you choose to go this route, the baby’s blood is taken from the umbilical cord, stored cryogenically and can be used by anyone that is in need of it. Because public domain and anyone that has a match to it and the need would be able to access and use it. On the other side of the coin is cord blood that is stored in a private bank. When you do this, you can store the cord blood so that only your child or other family members can use it when you deem it to be necessary.
Cord blood is a powerful weapon. When it is stored and then used, it will be transplanted into the ill person. It can then help to literally repair many illnesses, even some cancers that may be in the body. The fact is that no one is hurt in this process either. Unlike stem cell collection, the baby as well as the mother is completely fine if cord blood is collected and then later used as needed.
The decision to have your baby’s cord blood donated it truly yours alone to make. The process can be costly for a private storage facility, starting at $2000 but the protection that is offers can be well worth the cost as well. In addition, many families find that this is an ideal way to protect the baby as well as some members of the family from potentially fatal conditions.