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When I was pregnant with my son, I was faced with so many important decisions as any expecting mom would face before her baby is born. From choosing the baby’s name, clothes and baby furniture to the preferences over breastfeeding vs. formula feeding. On my third semester, I found myself so hooked up on the information about the idea of umbilical cord blood banking. The idea is normally introduced to pregnant mothers before 34th week of pregnancy.
Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) banking is not too popular in many countries. In the United States, it was introduced in response to the potential transplants in treating diseases of the blood, metabolic, and other inherited immune diseases. It is believed that cord blood contain stem cells that has unique advantages over traditional bone marrow transplantation, especially in children, and can be life-saving in cases where a suitable bone-marrow donor cannot be found. It is also believed that cord blood stem cells can also be used for siblings and other members of the family who have a matching tissue type. Siblings have a higher chance of compatibility, and the cord blood may even be a match for parents and grandparents. The process are done by collecting the blood from the umbilical cord after it was clamped, then placed in a collection bag, and transported to the facility for testing, and then cryopreserved.
There is a cost preserving our baby’s cord blood. It is sometimes the issue that adverse our decisions. Public bank accept donations to be used for anyone in need. They have very strict regulations that needed to be followed to enable the donated unit to be added to the Registry. Once it is added and passed the testing process, it loses all identifying information, and families cannot retrieve the sample of their own blood. However, private bank store cord blood with a link to the donor’s identity, families can retrieve it later when needed, parents have the custody of the unit until the child is an adult.
There are so many conflicting opinions and future parents need to be fully informed so that they can make an educated decision on whether to privately or publicly bank their newborn's umbilical cord blood, or whether to forego the process entirely. Not only must personal and financial aspects be considered, but many moral and ethical elements also factor into the decision.