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Cord Blood Banking
Collection of Umbilical Cord Blood
banking has become a buzzword today, but there are a number of hesitations
or questions in peoples minds relating to many aspects of the cord
blood, including the collection of umbilical cord blood. More awareness
needs to be built in order to convince parents in contributing towards
a better future of their children, by involving in donating cord blood,
that can help cure many blood related diseases.
After a babys birth, once the umbilical cord is clamped, a small amount of residual blood remains in the umbilical cord. This is collected into a special blood bag and then taken for storing and processing. As the collection of the umbilical cord blood happens after the babys birth, it does not affect the babys birth and also no harm is caused to the baby or the mother. Since collection of cord blood happens from the umbilical cord, the term umbilical cord blood is being used. Collection of blood cells can happen from the umbilical cord even in the case of a C-section, which might sound surprising.
The blood thus collected is then mailed to the umbilical cord blood banks, where it will be tested for various eligibility criteria and then stored in deep freeze containers for future use. Once a person expresses his or her interest in donating the cord blood of their child, the expectant mother and the corresponding obstetrician or midwife are sent pamphlet and other materials to understand the process of collection of umbilical cord blood.
the parents of the unborn child clearly understand what happens during
the process. They should also consult their doctors to discuss their questions
and any other details regarding the cord blood donation. Umbilical cord
blood is found to be rich in stem cells that can generate a lot of blood
cells. Collection of umbilical cord blood is a very easy, non-invasive
and less time consuming process.