Is it really useful to store cord blood during baby's birth? Can anyone please suggest me a good cord blood bank in US?

asked 14 Jan '13, 02:44

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(14 Jan '13, 13:50) Tammy ♦♦

First thing you need to know is what is cord blood bank and what they do. Cord blood banking takes the cord and blood, preserves it, and freezes it until its needed. At the time its needed, it can be used in a bone marrow transplant, or a handful of other treatments. It is really useful and effective process because these stem cells save lives. There is a good company in US I got the related information from the MiracleCord only.


answered 18 Jan '13, 04:20

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Thanks so much Susan for the helpful information.

(14 Feb '13, 02:03) ashleywatsonn92

It is the blood which remains in umbilical cord after you delivery and placenta. Babies umbilical cord blood is a rich source of special blood cells which is called stem cells. these cells which are the body's building blocks for blood, organs, tissue, immune system and they are genetically unique to each baby.

It is also used to treat the disease like cancer,blood disorders later which require stem cells which is bone marrow transplant. It can also be treated for different disease. But it so expensive for this.

I had come across this information regarding cord blood banking use of saving it

And Here is list of banks which are avaliable in us


answered 25 Jun '15, 09:33

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This is a good answer!

(24 Jul '15, 20:27) Scott ♦♦

Storing the blood just for your own child is not a good idea in my opinion. It is very costly and the available treatments, which require cord blood (because there is no other type of treatment) are sparse.

I think it would be much more apropriate to use a cord blood bank, similar to the normal blood banks. At least in Germany, where I currently reside, there is such a blood bank and we contributed our blood. Of the cases where donated blood was given out by that cord blood bank, most actually went somewhere else in the world and weren't used in Germany (according to their pamphlet).

Also, anything that has "magic" or something similar in its name or description of function is very suspect to me.


answered 21 Feb '13, 13:21

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When I looked into chord blood banking when I was pregnant with our first child, there was no such thing as a general chord bank. I assume that there were opportunities to donate the chord for stem cell research. My only thoughts on a generic bank would be that most of the treatments would be type specific (not just blood type, but require similar genetic markers). Many parents would be concerned that if they donated the chord blood and their child needed it they would risk not being able to find a match because their donated chord blood was used.

(22 Feb '13, 15:51) Tammy ♦♦

Well, the same was probably said about general blood banks, especially for rare types. Now imagine people wouldn't donate. Not everyone can donate, especially with cord blood. They told us that they would try, but sometimes the blood is not enough or it goes bad. If everyone just donated what they could, we'd not have any problems at all, as there would be much more blood than would ever be needed.

And as said, most of the blood from Germany was sent to other countries, maybe even Canada, so you potentially have the whole world as donors

(23 Feb '13, 02:19) Alexander

If you look at Susan's link there are over 80 diseases that can be treated/cured with stem cells, and it is not just the blood but the tissue from the umbilical chord that is useful. I don't think you can compare blood (where there are 8 types) to genetic markers. In most cases you would be very unlikely to find a donor that is outside of your immediate family. BTW -I'm just talking about the other side, we didn't actual collect chord blood from our babies, because of the cost.

(25 Feb '13, 09:41) Tammy ♦♦

How many of those treatments are only possible with you own cord blood (of which there is maybe 100ml)? Stem cells can come from bone marrow too. Sure, cord blood is easier to get (no risk of complications while donating), but its not the only option. Treating cancers/leukemia with stem cells is not even possible with your own, as they are likely to have the same (genetic) defects, so you need another donor.

As said, the more people donate, the more likely it is that you can get what you need, when you need it. Especially if you need more than is available in one cord.

(25 Feb '13, 10:10) Alexander
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