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What is Cord Blood Banking?

Umbilical cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord after a baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut. It contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. In addition, cord blood is a rich source of stem cells that may have potentially lifesaving benefits for your baby and family.

What is Cord Blood Banking?

Benefits of Banking

Banking your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue ensures that your family or perhaps other people in need will have access when and if there is an opportunity to use the cells for disease treatment. Newborn stem cells are:

  • Smart: Stem cells “know” how to find injured cells and tissues in the body and initiate a healing process.
  • Powerful: Cord blood stem cells can cure many life-threatening illnesses and also may be able to treat serious injuries.
  • Unique: Your baby’s unique stem cells have advantages over adult stem cells found in bone marrow because they’re younger, more flexible and have not been exposed to environmental elements.

Type of Diseases Treated: Cancers, Blood Disorders, Immune Disorders, and Metabolic Disorders.

Future Possibilities

Researchers are developing new medical therapies using stem cells, which may one day help the body by repairing or replacing damaged or diseased cells, tissues, and organs.

In addition to current treatments, cord blood stem cells are being studied as potential treatments for other serious conditions. While it is cord blood stem cells that are used in most current treatments, cord tissue stem cells—which differ from those in cord blood—may be just as useful and precious.

Current Clinical Trials Using Cord Blood

Clinical trials are studying the use of cord blood stem cells as treatment for:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hearing loss
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Juvenile diabetes

Research Using Cord Tissue

In laboratory studies, cord tissue stem cells have demonstrated the power to heal, and are currently being evaluated in clinical trials as therapies for conditions including:

  • Heart disease
  • Serious wounds
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cartilage injury
  • Liver disease

Your Banking Options

  • Store your baby’s stem cells at a family bank
  • Donate them to a public bank
  • Do nothing. The hospital will dispose of your baby’s umbilical cord as medical waste.

We still have a lot to learn regarding the use of cord blood in disease treatments and banking cord blood does not guarantee that the cells will provide a cure or be applicable for every situation. The treating physician will determine use of these cells.

Ask your AOA physician about what’s involved in cord blood banking.