Cord blood banking
If you attend hospitals for regular check ups you may find lots of posters asking you to store cord blood cells in their banks.
Along with it comes the doubt, to bank or not to bank.
It’s a moral dilemma questioning you as a parent even before child birth.
This blog is to give you clarity regarding the uses of cord blood banking.
What exactly are cord blood cells?
The cord blood has cells with special abilities.
Abilities to transform into other cells.
How Is this blood collected?
Immediately after delivery the blood from the cord and placenta is collected in a specialised bag, which is taken by the assigned personnel for banking.
Takes around 10-15 minutes to collect.
Obviously It’s painless.
How does banking help?
Cord blood has the capacity to treat over 70 diseases including diseases of the immune system, genetic disorders, neurologic disorders, and some forms of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma.
Are there any cons of cord blood banking?
The thing is cord blood can’t be used in case of genetic disease in the same person. For example, if the person has leukemia these cells can’t help as they too have potential to become cancerous as they carry same genes.
Then what’s the use of banking at all?
They do help in strengthening the immune system in some cancer treatments.
Also, these banked cells can be used for treatment for other people who match the requirements.
Similarly, we can use other’s banked cells when our cells can’t be of help to the baby.
A big plus is that they have low rejection rate compared to other stem cells like that of bone marrow.
How can this be available to the public?
There could be public banks and private banks.
Most of the ones available in India are private banks which need a certain amount of fee to be paid for long term banking.
In case of public banks, we can make donations to them too.
How to know if the blood collected is adequate?
Usually the bags will be labelled with certain level of marking for the blood to be collected.
In case the blood was rather made to flow into the baby after delivery then there might not be enough blood collected.
Sometimes, in case of an emergency where there is any impending danger to you or the baby then they may not have the time to collect the blood too.
Is it a necessity?
Its not a necessity and its totally upon your discretion to bank or not.
Then when should I do it?
If any of your family member is suffering from any genetic or hereditary disease which can be treated with cord blood cells then get them banked.
Or you can do it just as a future precaution, because there are instances where blood cells of baby have been used to treat their grandparent’s diseases.
I already banked for my elder kid,should I do it again for second pregnancy?
Another plus of cord blood banking is that siblings can be treated even if cells of one person are available.
So, if you have a confirmation that the previous cells are well maintained then you needn’t get it banked again.
Yes, cord blood banking seems not reliable.
Have a proper talk with the bank personnel on how they are maintaining the samples.
It isn’t an
absolute necessity and without any family history the cells may never come in handy
But, if you are a planner who plays safe then go ahead and bank the cells.
You never know how can they be useful on the long term.
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