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Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which can be used to treat hematopoietic and genetic disorders. A rich source of blood stem cells can be found in cord blood. Stem cells are the basic building blocks of the blood and immune system. They have the ability to develop into other types of cells, so they can help repair tissues, organs, and blood vessels and can be used to treat a host of diseases. Umbilical cord blood is blood that remains in the placenta and in the attached umbilical cord after childbirth.
A baby's cord stem cells have a higher chance of being a match for a person than a donor's stem cells. While the cord blood won't be a perfect match like it is for the child, banked stem cells could be used to treat parents, siblings, or other blood-related relatives if they're a close match.
Since cord blood banking has only been in existence for 25 years, no scientific data is available to prove cord blood stem cells can be stored for longer than that. However, scientists have reported that cryogenically preserved cells have no expiration date, and frozen cord blood possibly can be stored indefinitely.
Please contact our office if you are interested in banking your cord blood.