Cord Blood Banking
Your baby’s cord blood contains a life-saving resource called stem cells, the building blocks of our blood and immune systems. Cord blood banking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to save the stem cells found in the blood of your newborn’s umbilical cord.
Preserving these stem cells, which are different from embryonic stem cells, allows your family the benefit of having them available for existing or future medical treatments. Umbilical cord blood is currently used in the treatment of more than 70 life-threatening diseases, including oncologic disorders, bone marrow failures, hematologic disorders, metabolic disorders, and immune deficiencies.
Cord blood banking is completely safe for both mother and the newborn since cord blood is collected after the baby is born and after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut. If the cord blood is discarded, these stem cells cannot be retrieved for future use.
Cord Blood Banking Options
When deciding what is best for you and your family, it is important to know about all of your cord blood banking options.
- Family banking allows you to store your newborn’s cord blood stem cells specifically for your family, making them available immediately should your family ever need them. With family banking, you retain ownership of the stem cells.
- Public donation allows your family to offer your baby’s cord blood stem cells to the public network at no cost. Your donation may then be made available to any patient requiring a cord blood cell transplant. Once you donate the cord blood to a public bank, your family does not retain ownership of the cord blood. Coral Springs Medical Center does not currently offer a public cord blood bank, but we are hopeful it will be available at that facility in the future.
Ask us about cord blood banking at your next prenatal visit. Call our Coral Springs, Florida office today at (954) 341-2916 – option #2 to schedule an appointment.