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Cord Blood Banking

Cord Blood Banking

Some new parents feel more secure knowing that they have banked blood for the future. Cord blood taken from a newborn placenta and umbilical cord contains potentially life-saving stem cells. For families who have a history of disease such as lymphoma, leukemia or bone marrow diseases, the chances increase that their babies' stem cells may be needed in the future. It is unknown how long the blood can be stored successfully.

How is Cord Blood Used?

Blood from a newborn placenta and umbilical cord contains potentially life-saving stem cells. At present, a newborn's collected stem cell cannot be used to treat its own inborn errors of metabolism or genetic diseases. Those stem cells would contain the same genetic mutation as those of the donor. According to Dr. Gregg, Chair of ACOG, Committee on genetics, "Cord Blood collected from a newborn that later develops Leukemia cannot be used to treat that Leukemia for much the same reason." To date, the possibility of that same newborn needing their own cord blood at a later date remains unlikely.

Who Can Benefit From Stem Cells in the Cord Blood?

Some new parents feel more secure knowing that they have banked blood for the future. For families who have a history of diseases such as Lymphoma, Leukemia or bone marrow diseases, the chances increase that their babies' stem cells may be needed in the future. It is unknown how long the blood can be stored successfully.

Cord Blood transplants can benefit immediate family members, extended family members and non-family related children with certain diseases. Cord Blood does not require an exact match to the person receiving the cord blood.

Cord Blood Banks

Some new parents feel more secure knowing that they have banked blood for the future. Cord blood taken from a newborn placenta and umbilical cord contains potentially lifesaving stem cells. For families who have a history of disease such as lymphoma, leukemia or bone marrow diseases, the chances increase that their babies' stem cells may be needed in the future. It is unknown how long the blood can be stored successfully.

In the Central Bucks area, there are three companies that offer this service to our patients. Doylestown Hospital does not endorse any one company. All companies listed here are inspected and accredited.

Visit Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation for additional information.

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