Cord Blood Banking

The quote below is from the site http://cells4life.com/cord-blood-banking-overview/legislation/ as it discusses the benefits of cord blood banking. I heard about this from another site and had to find it for myself because I wondered if it actually said this as they quoted it. So upon finding it, I wanted to share it here with you. This is an attempt at manipulating someone’s perception of what’s the best option; this is not informed consent.

“Storing your baby’s cord blood preserves a potentially life saving resource that would usually be thrown away…”

 

Usually is the key word.  It doesn’t let on that the majority of the people who are throwing away cord blood, are doing so because we’re told it’s not important or necessary to delay cord clamping so as to wait until it’s done pulsating. The cord is clamped by the majority of doctors as well as some midwives, almost as soon as the baby is born. However, there are great benefits in allowing the blood to go directly to the baby and to delay the clamping of the cord.

Instead, this quote suggests that storing the cord blood so it won’t be thrown out and wasted, indicates that storing it is the alternative to throwing it in the trash – but it’s not. Delayed cord clamping is. Also stated on the site is that “cord blood is a waste product” as it defends the ethical decision to donate the cord blood, but it further manipulates the reader to perceive the alternative is to store the blood, because it’s waste/trash. It should express however, the highly valuable benefits of allowing the baby that the cord blood belongs to, in receiving it all before clamping and cutting the cord… but the number of people who would donate their newborn baby’s blood if they knew would likely drop.

There is an alternative to throwing cord blood in the trash and naturally, it’s delayed cord clamping.  If someone is interested in cord blood banking, that option is there as well, but the alternative isn’t for it to be wasted.

<<Please see my other blog entries that go more in depth regarding the benefits of delayed cord clamping by clicking here.>>

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