Cord blood banking is a birth option that enables expectant parents to have their newborn’s cord blood collected and cryopreserved for future use. The stem cells are a genetic match for your baby and may be useful for siblings, parents or cousins. This is important because stem cell transplants from a relative have a significant improvement in results compared to transplants from unrelated donors.
Stem cells are the building blocks of your blood and immune system, there are 3 primary sources of stem cells: bone marrow, peripheral blood in you body and umbilical cord blood. Stem cells are the “Master Cells” that lead to the production of all the various types of cells in the body. Researchers believe that in the future stem cells may be used to repair brain damage, damage after stroke, spinal cord injury; grow blood vessels, and treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes.
Some data suggests that by the age of 70 a person has a 1 in 217 chance of being a candidate for stem cell therapy. Other experts state that the likelihood of using those stem cells may be as low as 1/2700. As research goes on there may be more uses found for stem cell therapy.
Cells should remain viable indefinitely when properly stored. There is no expiration date on stem cells so we cannot predict the extent of their future use.
The State of Maryland mandates providing patients with information on stem cell collection.
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has not endorsed stem cell collection.
The web site for the American College of OB/GYN has extensive information that we cannot reproduce because of copyright laws.
At this time no insurance companies cover the cost of collecting or saving stem cells
We are happy to discuss this issue with you at an office visit.
Umbilical Cord Banking provides information on services provided trough the Cord Blood Registry.
Viacord is also an excellent site for information on saving your baby’s cord blood.