The central umbilical cord blood dilemma is between donating a newborn's cord blood for others' use and banking it for the family's possible future therapy.
The central umbilical cord blood dilemma is between donating a newborn's cord blood for others' use and banking it for the family's possible future therapy. Those who save it will very likely never need it, pay a handsome price for storage, and deprive others of it. Those who donate it, though, don't see the benefit if a family member later on needs a bone marrow transplant. Both sides neglect to mention the third option, one that a sizable majority of parents-to-be end up choosing due to lack of knowledge. Most every precious ounce of umbilical cord blood, loaded with hematopoietic stem cells, is discarded along with the placenta. No one benefits from this. The extra work to collect it could save a stranger's life.
AAP: Cord Blood Banking For Future Transplantation Not Recommended: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/julcord.htm The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend private cord blood banking unless the newborn has a full-blooded older sibling who is or will be in need of a marrow or stem cell transplant.
American Bone Marrow Donor Registry: http://www.abmdr.org/ Those who receive cord blood donations will probably also need bone marrow donations.