Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

What is umbilical cord blood banking?

Blood from a newborns umbilical cord, once considered a waste product that was routinely discarded along with the placenta, is now considered to contain potentially life-saving stem cells, including hematopoietic cells (blood forming), which can be used to treat some hematopoietic and genetic disorders.

The use of cord blood stem cells has been used in treating more than 70 diseases from various types of cancer of the blood to immune system disorders. Leading clinical trials worldwide are utilizing cord blood transplants for a number of conditions, including: Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic brain injury and strokes, Diabetes (type 1), Cardiac disease and Autism. However, the chance that cord blood stems cells will be needed to potentially treat your child or relative is very low.

Public Cord Blood Banks operate like blood banks. The stem cells in the donated cord blood can be used by any person who “matches.” The cord blood is tracked in a national cord blood database. Public cord blood banks store cord blood for the benefit of the general public and do not charge to collect cord blood.

Private Cord Blood Banks store cord blood for “directed donation.” The blood is held for personal use in treating your baby or relatives. Private banks most often charge a collecting fee and a yearly fee for storage.

For more information and lists of other private cord blood banks can also be found online at parentsguidecordblood.org

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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