Cord Blood Banking
Fact, Fiction & FAQs

Cord blood banking, or cord blood donation, is a complex area in which many future parents are not fully informed to make an educated decision on whether to privately or publicly bank their newborn's umbilical cord blood, or whether to forgoe the process entirely. Not only must personal and financial aspects be considered, but many moral and ethical elements also factor into the decision.


We are in no way affiliated with any cord blood banking facility, company or other party which has a financial interest in cord blook banking, either publicly or privately. After careful consideration of the research, the founder and her husband decided this procedure was not in their family's best interest. You may learn more about their family decision against storing cord blood here.




References

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The effect of timing of cord clamping on neonatal venous hematocrit values and clinical outcome at term: a randomized, controlled trial. [Full text] Ceriani Cernadas JM, Carroli G, Pellegrini L, Otano L, Ferreira M, Ricci C, Casas O, Giordano D, Lardizabal J. Pediatrics. 2006 Apr;117(4):e779-86.


Cairo, Mitchell S. and John E. Wagner, "Placental and/or Umbilical Cord Blood: An Alternative Source of Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Transplantation," The Journal of The American Society of Hematology 90:4665-4678 (1997)


Kline, Ronald M., "Whose Blood is it, Anyway?", Scientific American 284: 42-49 (April 2001)


Kline, Ronald M., and Salvatore Bertolone, "Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation: Providing a Donor for Everyone Needing a Bone Marrow Transplant?", Southern Medical Journal 91: 821-827 (1999)


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http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;119/1/165#SEC2

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