Cord blood Counselling
These stem cells currently are used to substitute for bone marrow transplantation for many disorders. In many ways, it can be superior to bone marrow transplantation as an exact match to the donor is not required. This applies for
- There is also extensive research of its use especially in diabetes and cerebral palsy. hence ove the 18 years, it is possible that many more uses can be found for the stem cells. In many countries including Australia, governments have set up public Cord Blood banks in order to store this important resource for use as an alternative to bone marrow transplantation.
Currently there are private Cord Blood banks in Australia who offer a collection, processing and storage facilities for couples who wish to store the cord blood for their baby. They charge a fee and will attend at the time of delivery of the baby to collect the cord blood.
It is my normal practice to offer information on this service but will leave the final decision for collection to the couple.