If you are an expecting parent looking for more information about cord blood banking, you might have heard or read about public and private cord blood banking. It would be a bit confusing if this is the first time you are researching about this topic. This article will help explain the differences between public and private cord blood banking.
Donating cord blood in a public bank
Public cord blood banks accept cord blood donations from healthy pregnancies and use them to save the life of patients needing a cord blood transplant. The donated cord blood samples can be used by any patient as long as it is a match. To donate a cord blood sample, you will need to find a hospital that accepts donations or a public bank to assist you on the process. One of the most popular public banks is Be The Match.
Donating your baby’s cord blood sample is free but once it is collected, you will have no access to the sample donated as it will be owned by the public bank already. Parents no longer have the right over their baby’s cord blood and one can’t say much if the same baby will get his hands on his own cord blood in the future or not.
Saving cord blood in a private bank
Private cord blood banking, on the other hand, allows you to preserve your baby’s cord blood sample in a company-owned cord blood bank so that it will only be for your baby and your whole family’s exclusive use. One advantage of banking privately is that if your baby or one of your family members requires a cord blood transplant, the sample is available immediately for treatment.
Here are some of the reasons why many expecting parents are choosing to save their baby’s cord blood privately:
- Family history of disease
- Recommendation by the doctor
- Ethnic minority / mixed race
- To prepare for a healthy future
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Saving the cord blood privately will require you to pay and the cost will depend on the type of storage you choose and how long you would like to save the cord blood.
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The process of saving the cord blood privately is just simple, painless and safe for both the mother and the baby. Collecting the cord blood is done right after birth, when the umbilical cord is detached from the baby.
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