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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Basics

Cord Blood Banking Basics
Importance of Cord Blood Banking Storing cord blood is important for several reasons. First, cord blood is extremely useful for treating a variety of ailments. The stem cell rich nature of cord blood means it can be used to treat a wide range of life threatening diseases. More importantly, cord blood is extremely difficult to obtain. Cord blood is only available for collection during the first few minutes after a child is born. Once this moment has passed so has the opportunity for collection. Finally, cord blood collection at birth is the only way to ensure a 100% genetic match should an individual require donation services.

Public Vs. Private Cord Blood Storage 

There are two means of cord blood banking via www.cellcare.com.au. Public banks offer free collection and anonymous storage. This blood is then used for general public well being. This includes use for research and for a variety of treatment programs. The downside of public storage is that donating to a public bank does not ensure that the cord blood will be available for the donor or their family should the need arise.
Private banks on the other hand ensure that cord blood will be available for the use of the donor or the donor’s family should they require stem cell related medical services. Of course the private nature of these services means that there is an associated private cost.

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Private cord banks will charge an initial collection fee as well as a monthly or annual storage fee. How is Cord Blood Collected

Regardless of which option a family may choose when it comes to cord blood banking, the collection process itself is exactly the same. In most cases, the collecting facilities will need to be contacted several weeks in advance. This provides the facility with enough time to ensure that the proper paperwork and precollection testing has been completed.

The physical collection of the cord blood itself is a relatively simple process. After the babies umbilical cord has been cut or clamped the attending doctor or nurse will insert a needle directly into the umbilical vein. Once the blood has been drawn from the vein it will be quickly handed off to a courier who will then transport the sample to the previously selected bank. The stem cells are then separated from the rest of the blood and stored in liquid nitrogen until they are needed.