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Cord blood banking which option is the best for you


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Considering the expense that one has to incur, often parents-to be are caught into endless thought loops on what could be the best choice of cord blood banking. According to the, American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), a family must consider private cord blood banking as the baby’s cord blood stem cell might turn out to be a better match for any sick member of the family, as compared to a non-family donor.

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Cord blood banking which option is the best for you

  1. 1. Best Umbilical Cord Blood Banking in India, Stem cell preservation in India Cord blood banking: Which option is the best for you?
  2. 2. Ultimate Objective  Do everything at the best of their capacity to ensure that their child never witnesses a health crisis. And as most doctors and medical researchers have already claimed, that one of the ways of securing a child’s future is by opting in for umbilical cord blood banking.  There are primarily two groups of parents – one who privately bank their child’s cord blood privately and the others who donate the same to a public bank. And if you are in India and want to select between private or public cord blood banking, here’s what you need to know.
  3. 3. Public Cord Blood Banking  Given the Indian scenario, the acute challenge in the field of public cord blood banking is locating and then storing sample blood units that would match the population and ethnic diversity of the country.  Hence, when there’s a need it might appear to be very tough to come across a donor that would be the best match for a child or an adult who needs to do a cord blood cell transplant to overcome a fatal disease.
  4. 4. Private cord blood banking  With private cord blood banking parents have the scope to store their child’s cord blood for their own use or be used by a family member.  However, what seems to be a challenge here is the cost of private cord blood banking. The initial collection and the annual storage charges is an expensive amount. But the aspect of ownership is what makes most parents say yes to private cord blood banking.
  5. 5. Why opt for private cord blood banking?  Public cord blood banks are collecting & storing the cord blood derived stem cells only. They do not process & store cord tissue stem cells. The main objective of storing the cord blood stem cells are because they have to sell it at exorbitant price.  They have a minimum standard of stem cells they have to store otherwise the same would not be sold.
  6. 6. Why opt for private cord blood banking?  Practically, a large portion of cord blood collected is discarded before processing. But the ambiguity is that conditions like Autism, Cerebral Palsy does not need very high quantity of stem cell count.  Another option is double unit transplant. So if the baby or baby’s family members need them same, they will be deprived of their stem cells, if the same is not at all processed.
  7. 7. Not every sample in feasible  Matters related to public cord blood banking get further complicated by the collected sample quality. There are situations when most samples have to be cancelled owing to the insufficiency of stem cells.  Sometimes parents are not made aware of the fact that every sample might not be used.
  8. 8. Not every sample in feasible  Also, parents should be made aware, that just by storing cord blood doesn’t mean parents have locked the “treatment” for their child, siblings, family members or even themselves. So, when parents show interest in public cord blood banking these aspects should be addressed to provide a practical perspective.
  9. 9. Every sample is not viable  The problem is further compounded by the quality of the collected samples – many samples may have to be discarded if they do not contain enough viable stem cells. “When advising parents about stem cell banking, many doctors do not mention that each and every sample may not be useful,” says Dr Pravin Gadre, paediatrician. “Parents should not think that storing the cord blood automatically creates a ‘cure’ for their child or his siblings, or even for themselves. Not only can the sample lack enough stem cells, the quality of the blood may also be in question. Sometimes, the cells are not a match even for siblings.
  10. 10. References:  banking-option-best/  which-cord-blood-bank-is-better/