Cord Blood Banking FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to answer few questions. If you have any query, you may contact us via email, we will try to reply that and include it in our section.

What is cord blood?

After the birth of baby and the umbilical cord is cut, some blood remains inside baby’s umbilical cord and in the blood vessels of the placenta is known as ‘cord blood’ for abbreviation. After baby delivers, the new born does not need this extra blood. These special cells also called hematopoietic stem cell and can be uses to treat number of diseases.

What are hematopoietic stem cells?

Hematopoietic stem cell are regenerating cells in body which can reproduce organs and different tissues in the patient. Before cord blood sampling, hematopoietic stem cell main source from donor was bone marrow, which is a painful process.

It can be used to treat 80+ type of diseases of immune system, genetic disorders, neurologic disorder and some forms of cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. In some cases stem cells are primary source for treatment, and in remaining others, it may be used where other treatment does not worked or in experimental research purpose.

How is cord blood/cells are stored?

Cord blood and cells are stored in public and private cord banks.

How cord blood is collected?

Cord blood is collected by the trained nursing staff where you give the birth. Every hospital doesn’t give this facility. Some may charge separately as it may not be covered by insurance.

This process is simple and painless. After the birth of the baby, when the umbilical cord is cut and clamped, the blood is collected from the cord with a needle, and transferred into bag. It hardly take the 10 minutes.

Cord Blood family usage

In public cord blood banking, donor can't find his own blood when need. While in private banking it is stored only for the donor himself and his/her family and it can be withdrawn whenever it is needed.

Cord Blood Possible Beneficiaries?

Cord blood usually have perfect match with siblings. But, it has vital chances to match with parent and own children. So, answer of question "Can cord blood be used for grandparents?" is YES.

Can cord blood be used for grandparents? The answer is yes, although it has lesser chances than parents matching, but it can work for both grandparents and grand children, depends upon matching report.