Many soon to be parents have heard of cord blood banking and want to know what the benefits are and what the drawbacks are and if it is worth while. Your OB/GYNs and or midwife is one resource for information. I'm writing this blog to show an unbiased view of the pros and cons of cord blood banking.
What is cord blood?
Cord blood contains all the normal elements of blood - red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. But it is also rich in hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow. This is why cord blood can be used for transplantation as an alternative to bone marrow.