14 doctors weighed in:
Should I bank my baby's cord blood?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
You should donate your baby's blood to help everyone, not waste your money by banking it only for yourself.
Details: http://pediatricinsider.Wordpress.Com/2009/02/01/cord-blood-donate-it-don%e2%80%99t-bank-it/.

In brief: No
You should donate your baby's blood to help everyone, not waste your money by banking it only for yourself.
Details: http://pediatricinsider.Wordpress.Com/2009/02/01/cord-blood-donate-it-don%e2%80%99t-bank-it/.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
That's actually a great idea.
Stem cells from cord blood can be used to treat a number of conditions in both the child and other family members, and the number of such uses is growing exponentially.

In brief: Yes
That's actually a great idea.
Stem cells from cord blood can be used to treat a number of conditions in both the child and other family members, and the number of such uses is growing exponentially.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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4 comments
Dr. Michael Thompson
I would suggest public banking. 1) cheaper (free), 2) provides utility for a broader group of people than just your child or family.
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
I agree with both the above comments. Given the increasing use of stem cells I don't believe you can go wrong.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
There is no requirement that a parent should bank a baby's cord blood.
Parents may choose to bank cord blood if they want to buy the "extra insurance", in that they will have cord blood available in the unlikely event that their baby needs a bone marrow transplant or their baby needs to use his own stem cells for some other reason.

In brief: No
There is no requirement that a parent should bank a baby's cord blood.
Parents may choose to bank cord blood if they want to buy the "extra insurance", in that they will have cord blood available in the unlikely event that their baby needs a bone marrow transplant or their baby needs to use his own stem cells for some other reason.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Tricky question, consult with your b ask about costs for maintenance and public free options you need to assess the chances that you will use that in the future.

In brief: Yes
Tricky question, consult with your b ask about costs for maintenance and public free options you need to assess the chances that you will use that in the future.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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