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Should you bank your baby's umbilical cord blood?

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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t recommend routine cord blood storage. The groups say private banks should be used only when there’s a sibling with a medical condition who could benefit from the stem cells. Families are encouraged to donate stem cells to a public bank to help others.

SOURCES:

The Journal of Perinatal Education : "Umbilical Cord Blood: Information for Childbirth Educators."

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Committee Opinion: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking."

Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center: "Procedure for Collecting, Storing and Shipping the Cord Blood Sample."

MayoClinic.org: "What is cord blood banking -- and is it better to use a public or private facility?"

Pediatrics : "Policy statement: Cord blood banking for potential future transplantation."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

The Journal of Perinatal Education : "Umbilical Cord Blood: Information for Childbirth Educators."

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Committee Opinion: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking."

Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center: "Procedure for Collecting, Storing and Shipping the Cord Blood Sample."

MayoClinic.org: "What is cord blood banking -- and is it better to use a public or private facility?"

Pediatrics : "Policy statement: Cord blood banking for potential future transplantation."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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