ACOG committee opinion number 399, February 2008: umbilical cord blood banking

Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Feb;111(2 Pt 1):475-7. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318166603c.


Two types of banks have emerged for the collection and storage of umbilical cord blood--public banks and private banks. Public banks promote allogenic (related or unrelated) donation, analogous to the current collection of whole blood units in the United States. Private banks were initially developed to store stem cells from umbilical cord blood for autologous use (taken from an individual for subsequent use by the same individual) by a child if the child develops disease later in life. If a patient requests information on umbilical cord blood banking, balanced and accurate information regarding the advantages and disadvantages of public versus private banking should be provided. The remote chance of an autologous unit of umbilical cord blood being used for a child or a family member (approximately 1 in 2,700 individuals) should be disclosed. The collection should not alter routine practice for the timing of umbilical cord clamping. Physicians or other professionals who recruit pregnant women and their families for for-profit umbilical cord blood banking should disclose any financial interests or other potential conflicts of interest.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Blood Banks* / economics
  • Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Disclosure
  • Female
  • Fetal Blood*
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Perinatal Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnant Women / psychology*
  • Tissue Donors
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting*
  • Transplantation, Autologous