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Cord Blood Collection - Give Life Another Chance

Mar 21, 2008
The increasing popularity of cord blood collection all over the world is a very positive sign. What was regarded as a waste earlier is now considered most valuable after the delivery of the baby. Yes, I am referring to the umbilical cord blood and the placenta. It is the source of valuable stem cells that are required to cure dozens of diseases. It can be treated as a family insurance that will be rally helpful at the time of need.

Some Basics

The collection process in itself is a very quick 15 minutes job. However, the registry process can take a lot of time. It is suggested that the parents-to-be register at the nearest bank at least three to four months ahead of the delivery date. This process is not just filling an application form it includes an extensive series of medical tests to ensure that the mother-to-be blood is free from infectious diseases and genetic abnormalities. Once the donor clears the medical tests, the registration process is completed. The mother is given the collection kit, which she needs to carry with her to the delivery center. She needs to inform the doctor about her plans well in advance in order to avoid any confusion in the labor room. After the delivery, the umbilical cord blood is extracted and stored in specialized packets provided and the bank is informed. The bank sends its representative to collect the blood and couriers it to the preservation center.

A point to be noted here is that there is a minimum amount of blood stipulated for successful preservation. If the amount is less, then the decision lies with the mother whether she wants to continue with the collection or donate it for research. If the situation so requires, the stem cells collected can be processed for immediate use by another patient.

Cord blood collection is an important decision as it could either be a lifesaver for your child and its siblings or it could turn out to be just an expense for the next twenty years. Either way, people who go in for preservation, prefer to look at it as a family insurance, which can be life savior for your child. Fifteen years down the line, if you feel that your children have grown up without any problems and are not likely to need the cord blood unit, you can choose to sell it off via the bank to a needy person.
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Storing cord blood for the future emergency is not a bad idea at all. The cord blood collection process is a very quick job. However, the cord blood registry process can take a lot of time. Get more information on Cord blood by visiting the pregnancy period.
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