Cord Blood Donation

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, What do you think of cord blood donation?

Question

What do you think of cord blood donation?

Answer

Cord blood donation is a controversial topic. This process refers to the removal of cord blood at the time of delivery and storing it in case the child may need it in the future for treatment of leukemia, etc. There are doctors who feel that this process has not been totally proven beneficial and it is very expensive.

I have performed about 4,000 deliveries and I believe I've done it three times. There are no risks involved in obtaining the blood. However, it will probably take us a few years of research to find out if this should be the standard. At present it is considered investigational.

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