As you prepare to welcome your newborn into the world, it’s a good time to think about how to make the best use of their potentially lifesaving stem cells.
We believe in helping parents understand their cord blood banking options. Public health officials agree on the importance of cord blood education. In fact, 28 states have passed legislation that requires cord blood education for expectant mothers.
As you think about what you want to do with your newborn’s cord blood stem cells, keep in mind your three choices for this important decision.
Stem cells can potentially help save the life of someone in need of a transplant. By donating your child’s cord blood, you are joining a nationwide effort to create a genetically diverse inventory of stem cells for transplant to a child or adult in need.
You also have the option of banking your newborn’s stem cells for your exclusive use. A 100% genetic match to your child, cord blood stem cells can also be used to treat siblings and other family members.
Unless you arrange to donate or privately bank you child’s cord blood, it will be discarded and unavailable for future transplant.