FAQ – Facts about Cord Blood Banking

Cord Blood Banking is one of the most heavily marketed services during pregnancy and birth. I will share with you some facts about Cord Blood banking which you need to keep in mind before making a decision.

Don’t be misled by pictures of celebrities endorsing cord blood banking. Do your own due diligence

Cord Blood banking is an emerging field and there is no absolute certainty that it will work

If your child does get sick later on in life from a genetic disorder, chances are high that its cord blood will also have the same genetic disorder, and so may not be able to use it. Yes, the stem cells may be used to treat the child’s sibling. This fact is not disclosed to parents, who end up thianking that it is their child who will most certainly use it.

Contrary to conventional marketing hype, cord blood is a very essential component of nutrients and immune giving substances that passes on to the baby immediately after birth. Evidence-based research tells us that the umbilical cord should not be clamped until it has stopped pulsated, when most of the cord blood has passed on to the baby. This is at odds with current practice followed by many cord blood companies and doctors of clamping umbilical cord and collecting the blood early enough, thus depriving the baby of important nutrients.

Cochrane Review has published a study (Reference #3) which says delayed cord clamping (even by 30 to 120 seconds after birth) improves premature babies’ health, with less need for transfusion of blood.

Early cord blood clamping can deprive the baby of upto 40% of its total blood volume, that will take nearly 6 months to regenerate.

Even if you allow your baby’s cord blood to be stored, there is no guarantee that the company will keep the sample in a sterile and safe manner, that will keep the integrity of the sample in tact.

Private storage of cord blood is not supported in many countries, and is illegal in Italy and France.

American Academy of Pediatrics as well as UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that unless your family does has a history of genetic disorders, you do not resort to private cord blood storage.

It is also a fact that in many hospitals early clamping of the umbilical cord is a routine practice. The hospital then sells the placenta and the cord blood to the highest bidder.

You as parents should be the ones to decide for yourselves and for your baby’s well being if early clamping of the cord for extracting cord blood is a good idea.

As we always tell our mothers and dads, it is a very personal decision, but one which should be taken after doing due diligence. You owe it to your unborn baby.

References:

1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/13/AR2009041301860.html

2. http://kidshealth.org/parent/_cancer_center/treatment/cord_blood.html#

3. http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab003248.html

4. http://midwifeinfo.com/articles/cord-clamping–please-wait