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Cord blood banking is an option for Washington families to consider during the birth of their baby.  There are many reasons to choose banking as well as to not choose banking.  In all cases, you should review the information to find out what is best for you and your family.  It is important to note that most cord blood banks require enrollment by 32-34 weeks gestation, so do plan ahead.

Cord blood banking does provide a source of stem cells that can be used to treat diseases in both this baby and your other family members.  It is commonly available in hospitals and research settings.  There are private and public banks, each with their own costs and benefits.

At home birth, it can be difficult and expensive to successfully bank cord blood, but it can be done.  A collection kit must be ordered, shipping planned and expedited to ensure quality samples, and physiological delayed cord clamping is generally incompatible with cord blood collection.

As technology and research continue to develop, we are finding stem cells in breastmilk and even circulating in mothers’ bloodstream and new ways to isolate and use them.