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When considering saving cord blood for your child…

When considering saving cord blood for your child...

Many professionals and scholars believe that cord blood stem cells can very likely be reproduced by technology based on the current speed of scientific development. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the weight of person receiving cord blood stem cells transplant.  In addition, cord blood stem cells can also be used in the future in tissue regeneration or on organ regeneration. However, if cord blood will be available through publicly-funded cord blood bank,  why spend money saving your child's own cord blood?  Moreover, besides cord blood, bone marrow also contains  hematopoietic stem cells. Once the technology of reproducing cord blood stem cells is developed and becomes matures, it may be more cost effective to reproduce stem cells than to store stem cells.

The treatment of cord blood transplantation is currently not covered by most insurance programs. The millions of dollars of medical expenses is not something that  the general public can afford.  To this end, the preservation of cord blood and cord blood transplant are sometimes being criticized as "health for The Rich."

Cord blood has many  medical functions, but scientists are also working to develop other therapeutic use of cord blood, but parents who want to store their child's cord blood  must pay out of their own pocket to do so.

The biggest advantage of saving cord blood is that parents do not need to worry about compatibility issues, because a person's body should not reject his/her own cord blood stem cells. However, the chances of using the  saved cord blood as medical treatment could be  small. Therefore, before making a decision, parents should understand thoroughly what umbilical cord blood is, its use, the benefits of saving it for future use, and the procedure of collecting and storing cord blood at the cord blood bank and accessibility, and decide if this is something worth to do for your child.