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Save Babys Cord Blood
Not where we look: If you have come under suspicion for drug use we don't look at cord blood to track the exposure. Your urine would usually be tested in labor as would the babies first pee. The best record of any drug exposure is the kids first poo. It can retain a record of any drug exposure from the point the body begins to make it at about 12 weeks right up to delivery.It retains at least several months of data ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Matched and adequate: Yes, you can-if it is qualified. The main criteria for selecting umbilical cord blood for transplantation are whether the cord blood is hla match /or closely match and whether the cord blood has enough nucleated cell dose for the recipient. Your cord bood bank director is able to facilitate your wish and coordinate with the bone marrow transplant coordinator where your friend is treated. ...Read more
Saving Cord Blood: Ask your ob/gyn about local facilities that they coordinate with for this service. ...Read more
Illness in self/sib: Banking cord blood is becoming widely advertised. Currently cord blood can be stored and used to treat about 100 rare illnesses in the donor or a brother or sister. We do not know all the ways cord blood will be used in the future, if at all. The cost of collection and storage vs the unknown future potential need to be evaluated by each family. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cord blood banking: Cord blood contains stem cells which can be useful for transplantation into the infant or fully matched family member in the event of certain illnesses, mostly uncommon ones. The process is quite expensive and controversial. Benefit may be present if a known family member has a history of one of the diseases for which stem cell transplant is a possibility. The AAP maintains a cautious stance. ...Read more
Doubt it: I believe there are federal laws that prevent selling of biological materials like the cord blood.Many cord blood banks pay for the acquisition and processing of this material to make it available for anyone who needs it, at cost. If you paid to have your kids processed & stored it is yours,but rules that cover body parts like kidneys would likely prohibit such sales.You might be able to donate it ...Read more
Unlikley: The science is not proven at this time. ...Read more
Not yet: There is no evidence that your child's tissue will assist ms in future. Research in stem cells too primitive at this point. ...Read more
Comfort: With advances in technology your newborns cord blood can be stored as a hedge against future needs.Stem cells from the cord blood could be used in the future as part of a treatment for such devistating illnesses as leukemia.Future research may allow us to use them to help build spare parts. Some parents do for personal use.Some hospitals collect them for a stem cell bank that might help others. ...Read more
Is there a way that cord blood of a child can be used by the type 1 diabetic father to eliminate insulin shots?
No: That is not possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it true that cord blood after having a baby would be helpful for a child with a plastic anemia?
Possible...: Cord blood transplants are currently being evaluated in clinical trials as a curative treatment for those with aplastic anemia. There is not a lot of data using related cord blood transplants (cord blood from unaffected sibling), most of it has been using unrelated from cord blood banks. ...Read more
After delivering baby: doctor cut the umbilical cord against my wishes and she took the cord blood without explanation. Why did she rush to take it?
Cord blood studies: Obstetricians routinely gather placental blood samples to send for tests.The most common are the blood type and coombs test but other tests also.A blood gas to quantitate the amount of fetal stress during labor & delivery is very time sensitive and must be drawn immediately to get valid results.These help baby and bypass having to draw the blood from babies small veins. Sad you were not informed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers