What is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing cord blood (blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth) in an outside facility for future medical use. This blood is a reservoir of potentially lifesaving cells called stem cells, which can be used as and when required to treat many diseases.
Collection and processing of cord blood
Cord blood can be collected in 5 minutes, irrespective of the type of delivery (vaginal or cesarean). This is done using either a syringe or a bag pre-labeled with a number unique to your baby. Blood is drawn from the umbilical cord with the syringe or it may be elevated to drain the blood into the bag. It is important that cord blood is collected during the first 15 minutes following delivery. The blood is then processed and stored in a laboratory (blood bank) within 48 hours.
Benefits of Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood collection is safe and does not pose any risk to either mother or baby. The procedure is simple and painless. Your baby's cord blood has wonderful healing capabilities and can be used to treat currently over 80 different diseases. Cord blood banking ensures you have options should the need arise to help other family members who may be diagnosed with various cancers and blood diseases. Also, it could help another family as blood transplants from unrelated donors can be used to treat disease conditions.