Cord Blood Directory
The umbilical cord, the source of nutrients and oxygen for babies in the womb, contains stem cells. These immature cells have the potential to grown into other types of cells such as muscle or bone. Stem cells have attracted the attention of researchers as a lifesaving resource for transplantation in patients with leukemia and other conditions. Many parents have banked the blood from their newborns' umbilical cord as a kind of insurance should the need arise for a transplant or other use of stem cells. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about the use of umbilical cord blood, how it is extracted and banked, how cord blood may be used, and much more.
Cord Blood Banking: Deciding About Public or Private Donations
Should you bank your infant's cord blood? Should you use a public or private cord blood bank? WebMD gives you information that may help you decide.
Take a Look at Cord Blood Banking for Twins
Information on cord blood banking for twins.
Take a Look at Cord Blood Banking
Information on cord blood banking.
Fetal Blood Sampling (FBS)
Fetal blood sampling helps check for birth defects. It can also show anemia and infections.
Banking on Umbilical Cord Blood
Developing more ways to use stem cells to treat disease, more parents are opting to save their newborns' umbilical cord blood as a sort of a 'biological insurance policy.'
Assessing Your Need for Umbilical Cord Blood
Should you store your newborn's umbilical cord blood? Take stock of your family's medical history, then assess your child's ethnic background and other factors.
Cord Blood Banking: Your Questions Answered
Find answers to common questions parents have about banking their newborn's umbilical cord blood.
Can the Umbilical Cord Save Lives?
Once tossed in the trash, umbilical cords are now thought to help kids with a host of ailments. So why aren't more of them being saved?