Cord Blood Banking – Cord Blood Collection Kit Normally parents expect a lot when a baby is born. They think deeply about names for their baby, look for a good pediatrician, decide whether to breast feed or bottle feed, and have many more important decisions to ponder. Many parents, however, are in doubt as whether or not to bank their baby’s umbilical cord blood. Cord blood banking is one of the most precious gifts that you can give to your baby. It is like a form of insurance – you may never use this in your life, but if for some reason, your child becomes afflicted with a rare disease, cord blood could truly save its life. A number of companies are available today for cord blood banking for your baby. You should definitely do your research before proceeding blindly. The internet makes researching any company today very easy. After your research, talk with the representatives of the companies and find out what is the best plan for you and your child. The most important point in choosing the best company is how successful their history of stem cell transplants has been. Always be sure to thoroughly check the background of any cord blood banking company. There are some people who may question why they should bank their baby’s cord blood. Cord blood is a very rich source of HSC (hematopoietic stem cells). These cells have two significant features: renewing themselves and creating different types of specialized blood cells. More parents are being encouraged today to use private blood banking if there is any predisposition in which their child could benefit from having a cord blood transplant. Similarly, it is a good idea to use private cord blood storage for those who use a sperm or egg donor to have a baby because you may not have any idea about the family health history of the donor. The stem cells which are found in cord blood are clear and they are obtained using a cord blood collection kit. There are many types of these kits available that provide maximum stem cell protection with protection against heat and cold and protective inner tubes to prevent breakage. The safest technology is use of collection kits that utilize liquid citrate phosphate dextrose solution (CPD). During collection of cord blood, the FDA recommends that only citrate-based anti-coagulants are used. Proper processing and storage of cord blood provides protection against cross- contamination. Be sure that the facility you choose to store your baby’s cord blood goes by all FDA approved regulations.
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