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Reasons Not to Store Newborn's Umbilical Blood

Reasons Not to Store Newborn's Umbilical Blood


Reasons Not to Store Newborn's Umbilical Blood

by Herb Horace

Parents who are expecting a baby have a number of decisions to make prior to the birth. New parents have to come to a decision on everything from the name of the baby to whether they're planning to breast-feed or formula-feed to selecting a pediatrician. There's a great deal of stuff to settle as the birth date approaches. A medical service that a lot of parents don't know that it's out there, is the capability for storing umbilical cord's long time for the blood. Yes you heard me right, umbilical cord blood.

Why is a baby's own cord blood important? The thinking behind this is because there is only a single chance in someone's lifetime to collect their own umbilical cord tissue and and that is at the moment of birth. In most hospital birthing procedures, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away following childbirth anyway, but it is a nice source of blood stem cells.

Most of the time the criticism has not been over the issue of medically storing the cord blood alone, but the tribulations appear from the big business entities marketing this as a necessary thing to have when at present time there are plenty of public cord blood banks available. Storing cord blood as a yearly fee from these greedy corporations and the fees can be altogether excessive and the initial storage expenses ranging from $600-$1800 and a recurring fee of usually somewhere around $100.

Many consumers like the fact that a baby's own blood instead of someone else will be used in them in medical necessity. Medically the stem cells in the the harvested cord is used to remedy a handful of pediatric health problems like sickle cell anemia, leukemia (although in genetic cases a person's own cord blood can't be utilized), in addition to a other unusual metabolic health problems. It is also used for bone marrow replacement treatments. Currently if you did not pay to store the cord from your child, one can be taken from a close relative or even an unrelated individual that matches. You can even opt to give your baby's cord blood to a public blood bank.

Most parents look at it like insurance in case something happens and will pay a yearly fee that the big money corporations charge to store the cord blood. There are other options available if you don't pay to store your child's cord blood. One such cord blood donor program is the Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program in Oakland, CA.

One of the major problems with profit generating organizations pushing personal storage of of cord blood is the fact that there is no proven studies showing that it is beneficial for most kids. Just because your own blood was not stored, does not mean that your child will not have treatments available in the future using donate cord blood. Other baby's cord blood are banked all the time and are available.

As a parent, you have to make the choice. Do you want to pay for cord blood needlessly? Do you have a reason to believe that your child may need to cord blood? If you feel a sense of security in doing so for your baby, then by all means, choose the private cord blood banking storage option, but don't say we didn't warn that it might not be necessary.

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