Pregnancy and Cord Blood Banking
The third trimester of pregnancy is the time to learn about cord blood banking. The blood that remains in the umbilical cord after birth is rich in newborn stem cells, and additional stem cells can be found in the tissue of the umbilical cord and placenta. Once the baby is born, and even if cord clamping is delayed, it is possible to collect these cells and bank them in cryogenic storage. Parents have a choice between donating cord blood to a public bank for free, or paying a private bank to store it for their family.
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Jul 2021 This month ViaCord announces their Newborn Digestive Health screen, a genetic test for markers of Celiac disease and lactose intolerance that can be... more
Jul 2021 CRYOLIFE, located in Hong Kong, S.A.R. China, was the first family cord blood bank founded in Asia, 25 years ago. Cryolife is the only private cord... more
Jul 2021 Next Biobank (Netcells) has joined hands with the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) to make cord blood stem cells available to patients in... more