Cord Blood Banking
Connecticut law requires that clinicians provide all patients in the third trimester information about the option for cord blood Banking. If you plan on banking cord blood, you need to provide your clinician with a collection kit provided to you by the agency you select to store this blood. You must bring this kit with you at the time of your delivery.
What is Cord Blood?
Cord Blood is the blood remaining in a newborn’s umbilical cord after delivery. This blood contains stem cells. Preservation of the “stem cells” found in cord blood allows families the benefit of having these cells available for existing or future medical treatments. To date, there have been many successful stem cell transplants and research of other medical applications for cord blood stem cells is on-going. Stem cells have been used to treat an increasing number of diseases, and a family member who is a suitable match also may be able to use the baby’s stem cells for transplant medicine. In addition, there is increasing use of cord blood cells for “regenerative medicine,” another area of progress. Cord blood collection for banking purposes is only done at delivery, after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut.
Cord Blood Banking Options:
Family Banking allows storage of your baby's cord blood stem cells for use if anyone in your family should need them. This service is provided by cord blood banks that charge fees for, processing, and storage. Parents retain ownership of their baby's stem cells. There are a variety of companies that offer this service.
Public Donation allows you to offer your baby's cord blood stem cells to a public network at no cost to you. Ownership is relinquished; the cord blood may be made available to any patient requiring a cord blood stem cell transplant. A fee is charged by the public bank to the recipient of the stem cells for medical treatment. Currently there are no options for public donations in Connecticut.
Designated Transplant Program is sponsored by at least one cord blood bank that provides free processing and storage for families with a qualifying medical need. Cord blood is to be used by the family member who is suffering from a disease treatable with these cord blood stem cells.
If you choose not to bank your baby’s cord blood, cord blood will be discarded after delivery; cells cannot be retrieved for future use if not banked at time of delivery.
Cord blood banking is a personal decision; we encourage you to do your own research and to make a decision that is right for you and your family.