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Understanding Umbilical Cord Pool Banking
Jul 2017
Lalit Jaiswal
Founder And Director, Cellugen

The minute you find out you’re expecting a baby, you do all sorts of things to ensure the safety of your baby. From baby-proofing the house, securing cabinets and electrical sockets, to researching tirelessly on the kind of crib to get - expecting parents ‘leave no stone unturned.’ Correspondingly, by saving your baby’s umbilical cord and pooling it in a banking system you can now also help safeguard your baby from several potentially serious blood related disorders.

Umbilical Cord Blood
Cord blood banking is a way of preserving the lifesaving cells that is taken away from the baby after birth. Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that have the ability to transform into any blood cell - white cells, red cells or platelets. This blood can be used to treat your child from certain diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anaemia and many others. However, it is important to underline here that saving the UCB in any cord blood bank is not wise; it is imperative that you save the same in a pool or sharing system which allows access to other matching donors, if required.

Donating To A Pool Bank
Contrary to what most cord blood bankers are propagating today, the fact remains that the likelihood of utilizing one’s own UCB transplant for blood related disorders is less than five per cent. To make it worthwhile for medical emergencies, accessing another