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Cord blood banking refers to the storage of blood from the umbilical cord. Blood in the umbilical cord is rich in blood cells that are able to replenish the bone marrow. Freezing cord blood cells immediately after delivery preserves these cells should the baby need a bone marrow transplant in the future. It is not now clear that this should be done or how useful these cord blood specimens will be in the future, but the potential usefulness of cord blood is the object of much ongoing research. The number of parents choosing to bank their child’s umbilical cord blood is doubling each year. To meet market demand, new companies offering cord blood banking services continue to enter into the marketplace. Donating cord blood is medically safe. Donating poses no health risks to you or your baby. Donating does not affect your baby or your birth experience because the cord blood is collected after your baby is born

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