Baby Before Baby Health Radio Shows — 01 November 2013
Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

How umbilical cord blood banking could be a life-saver for your child.

Umbilical Cord Blood

More and more, parents are considering umbilical cord blood banking where some of the blood from their baby’s umbilical cord and placenta is collected and stored.  In the off chance that a child develops certain diseases, the stem cells from the cord blood can be used as a treatment Dr. Paul Bernstein, obstetrician and author of Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book explains.”Umbilical cord blood banking is done to preserve some of the baby’s core blood, which may be used as a multi-potential cell in the future.  There’s some research that’s been done and some treatments that have been used to help with marrow transplants and various blood disorders in offspring.  It’s research that’s in its infancy.” Parents need to register with a cord blood bank during the third trimester. “The umbilical cord blood banking is something that’s decided before the patient has the baby and we take the sample from the cord after the baby has been born, collect it and send it to the blood banking area.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Paul Bernstein, obstetrician and author of Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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