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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