Why Collect Your Baby’s Cord Blood?

Collecting your baby’s cord blood, also known as cord blood banking, is a procedure during which blood rich with stem cells (10X more than blood marrow) is collected from the umbilical cord following delivery. It is then frozen and stored in a cord bank, and can be used for research or preserved for use in a possible stem cell transplant.

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The blood that flows through the placenta and umbilical cord contains high levels of stem cells, which can develop to become red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This is important because stem cells can be used as a treatment for many different diseases including cancers such a lymphoma and leukemia, inherited immune disorders, sickle cell disease and anemia, metabolic disorders, and other immune, neurological, or blood disorders. In other words, if your child or your child’s sibling needs treatment from any of these ailments in the future, cord blood stem cells may be able to be used for treatment.


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How is Cord Blood Collected?

In order to collect the cord blood, your doctor will clamp the umbilical cord after birthing and then cut the cord. A needle is then used to collect the blood from the cord, which is sealed and sent to a lab or cord blood bank for testing and storage. This process is quick and is completely painless for both you and your baby.

There are also a couple of options for where the cord blood is stored. You can choose to send it to one of the following:

  • Public cord bank: These banks store cord blood that was donated to be used by a family in need. There are no fees charged. 
  • Private cord bank: These are used to store the cord blood collected for use by your family only. They usually charge a fee.
  • Direct-donation bank: These are a combination of private and public banks. They store cord blood for public use and accept donations reserved for families. They do not usually charge any fees.

Overall, the cost of cord blood banking will vary depending on a number of factors. If you would like, we can speak with you regarding these options to help you make the decision that is right for you and your family.


Is it worth it to collect cord blood?

The decision to collect cord blood depends on various factors, including your family medical history and financial considerations. Some families opt to collect cord blood as insurance, while others choose not to due to the associated costs and the availability of alternative treatments.

How is cord blood collected?

Once the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, a healthcare provider inserts a needle into the umbilical vein and collects the blood into a sterile bag or vial. The collection process takes only a few minutes and does not pose any risks to the baby or the mother.

What is the correct method for collecting the cord blood sample?

The correct method for collecting cord blood involves following strict guidelines to ensure the safety and viability of the stem cells. Healthcare providers trained in cord blood collection use a sterile needle and collection bag or vial to obtain the blood from the umbilical cord shortly after birth.

How much does it cost to collect cord blood?

The cost of collecting cord blood can vary depending on several factors, including the method of collection, the storage facility, and any additional services offered by the cord blood bank. On average, the initial collection and processing of cord blood can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, with annual storage fees thereafter.

Is it better to donate or keep cord blood?

Donating cord blood to a public bank makes it available for anyone in need of a stem cell transplant, potentially saving lives. However, if you have a family history of certain diseases or conditions that may benefit from cord blood stem cell transplantation, keeping the cord blood for private use could provide a personalized treatment option in the future.

Can parents use the cord blood from the baby?

Yes, parents can use the cord blood collected from their baby for certain medical treatments. However, it is important to note that not all diseases can be treated with cord blood, and the decision to use it should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider.

Does cord blood help prevent diseases?

Stem cell transplants from cord blood can be used to replace damaged or diseased cells in the body and may be used as part of the treatment for conditions such as leukemia, lymphoma, and certain genetic disorders. However, cord blood banking is not a preventive measure for the disease.

Should I save the cord blood from my baby?

Saving cord blood provides a potential source of stem cells for future medical treatments, but the likelihood of needing it is relatively low. It is essential to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks before making a decision.

What blood type needs cord blood?

Cord blood can be collected from any newborn regardless of blood type. Stem cells are matched based on human leukocyte antigen (HLA) markers, rather than blood types.

Why do they take cord blood at birth?

Cord blood is taken at birth because it contains valuable stem cells that can be used in medical treatments. Collecting cord blood shortly after birth ensures that the stem cells are preserved and available for potential future use.

Are there any cons to donating cord blood?

While donating cord blood to a public bank can potentially save lives and contribute to medical research, there are some potential drawbacks to consider. One concern is that once donated, the cord blood may not be reserved for your family to use if needed in the future.

How long is cord blood good for?

Cord blood can be stored frozen for many years without losing its effectiveness. Studies have shown that cord blood stem cells remain viable for at least 10 years, and some experts believe they may remain viable for much longer.

What do hospitals do with the placenta after birth?

After birth, hospitals typically dispose of the placenta as medical waste unless the parents request otherwise. In some cases, parents may choose to take the placenta home, or they may opt for placenta encapsulation.


Whether you are a new or returning patient, Dr. Tepper can assess your concerns and discuss your options to find the most comfortable and convenient care for you. To get started, call our office to set up an appointment.


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Are you considering collecting your baby’s cord blood, or are seeking more information regarding cord blood banking for the future? If so, do not hesitate to reach out to our office or speak with Dr. Tepper during your appointment. We will be happy to go over the process as well as your options so you feel confident in your final decision.

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