Cord Blood Donation: Myths vs. Facts
Cord Blood Banking Myths and Facts
There are some misconceptions with cord blood banking. Here are a few facts we hope will clear up some questions you may have about donating or storing your baby’s cord blood.
Cord blood banking does not:
- Contain embryonic stem cells
- Interfere with the delivery process
- Take blood directly from your baby
- Cause any harm or pain to the mother or baby
MYTH #1: Collecting cord blood from my baby removes valuable stem cells.
FACT: When your baby is delivered and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, there is no more blood going to your baby from the placenta. Once the placenta is delivered, the umbilical cord is usually thrown away as medical waste.
MYTH #2: It is painful to donate cord blood.
FACT: There is no pain or harm to the mother or her baby during cord blood collection and it does not interfere with the normal birthing experience.
MYTH #3: Cord blood cells are the same as embryonic cells.
FACT: Cord blood cells are NOT the same as embryonic cells. There is no embryonic tissue in the cord blood. However, hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) are found in the cord blood, bone marrow and peripheral blood, which makes using the placenta and cord blood clinically useful. These cells are what is used in lifesaving treatment.
MYTH #4: Delayed cord clamping is not possible during cord blood removal.
FACT: Delayed cord clamping (DCC) is possible with cord blood removal. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends DCC for 30-60 seconds. Some studies have found DCC is helpful for iron deficiency anemia in full-term male infants.
MYTH #5: Cord blood banking costs too much, especially if my family may never need it.
FACT: Donating your baby’s cord blood to the Upstate Cord Blood Bank is free. The cost of of processing, testing, and storing the cord blood is covered by the Upstate Cord Blood Bank.