It is important to know that doctors and all other advocates of cord blood banking advertise as much of the cord blood as possible. Larger amounts of stem cells are more helpful for transplants, to lower risks and success rate is higher. Blood can be kept safe for 15 to 20 years without changes in quality.
One will spend any amount between 1500 - 2000 $ nowadays for preserving child's umbilical cord blood.
Here is step by step what is exactly going on:

  • Blood is collected, tested and stored
  • Umbilical cord blood is labeled with donors name, birth date and other data
  • Registration number is put on a deposited blood
  • Blood is processed, temperatures reduced slowly to avoid shock and ill effects to -321 degrees F
  • Blood is put into liquid nitrogen tanks on steady -321 degrees F
Ideally it should last forever but as mentioned previously research shows that cord blood saved 15 years ago is used in transplants today with success.
Two types pf freezers are used to preserve umbilical cord blood stem cells. The Bio archive freezers and the Dewars. Both types are effective and it is virtually impossible to find significant difference. Their main purpose is to maintain the temperature of the blood samples and preserve them.
Hard choice of choosing private cord blood banking or public one is on you. They both use same kind of technology but open some other crucial questions.
Private cord bank is an expensive solution. You can have it when and if you need it but do not forget it is still thousands and thousand of dollars spent on the bag of blood that is sufficient only for treating your child while he or she is still small.
You have to know that amount of preserved blood may not be enough for an adult or even adolescent.
If you do not ned it in the future donation is a good idea.
Immediate donation means that your baby's stem cells will be saving lives. That is a real benefit for society.

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