A newborn baby's umbilical cord blood is rich in young stem cells that could be used to treat many conditions such as fanconi anaemia, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, sickle cell anaemia, and more. Collecting the cord blood at the time of birth is a unique opportunity only available for expecting parents.
Instead to throwing away the umbilical cord, parents can opt to save the cord blood with a private cord blood bank to protect their baby and family's future health. Cord blood banking is possible whether you are planning to have a normal birth or caesarean, and even if you want to delay the cord clamping.
There are a number of online resources you can check out if you want to learn more about the benefits of umbilical cord blood and how cord blood banking works. Here are our top recommended websites to help you get started.
And if you have decided to go with private cord blood banking, here are some of the important things to do when saving your baby's cord blood at birth.