What is cord blood?
The term “cord blood” is used for blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Up until recently this afterbirth was discarded as medical waste. Cord blood contains stem cells, which may be frozen for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplantation or regenerative medicine.
Cord blood can either be donated for the public cord or stored privately for the family. Most parents who want to save the cord blood must choose between those two options, and must make the decision a few weeks before the birth.
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