The International Cord
Blood Society is a strong supporter of private cord blood
banking and encourages every parent
that is having a child to look into this option for their
family. Although the public cord blood banks are now financially
viable, and you may potentially find a stem cell source through
the national registries if a member of your family becomes
sick, the best stem cells for your family will come from
your family. It is that simple.
Research is being conducted on adult
stem cells which cord blood stem cells are on many fronts
and a whole new field
of medicine called Regenerative Medicine is emerging. Regenerative
medicine scientists are exploring new ways to take cord blood
stem cells and turn these cells into other types of stem
cells such as neural stem cells, nerve cells, liver and pancreas
cells, skeletal muscle, fat cells, bone cells and blood vessels.
If you do not save your child’s cord blood at the time
of birth, you can never go back and collect these cells that
are a 100% to your baby.
The ICBS does not recommend one private
cord blood bank over another but will answer your questions
banking in the “Ask a Question” section. We believe
it is best that you do the research yourself.
Questions to Ask:
1. Number of Successful Transplants?
3. How do they process the cord blood?
4. Do they save in bags or vials?
5. Financial Stability?
An additional resource that the ICBS recommend