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What can a baby's umbilical cord blood be used for?

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The umbilical cord fluid is loaded with stem cells. They can treat cancer, blood diseases like anemia, and some immune system disorders, which disrupt your body's ability to defend itself.

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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