Expectant parents are faced with weighing competing offers to bank their child's cord blood with a for-profit company as “biological insurance” for future family use or with public cord blood banks that make donated cord blood available to seriously ill children and adults who may benefit from cord blood transplantation. To help clarify the facts and aid physicians as they counsel expectant parents regarding these options, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a revised policy on cord blood banking (Pediatrics. 2007;119:165-170).
Kuehn BM. Pediatrics Group Recommends Public Cord Blood Banking. JAMA. 2007;297(6):576. doi:10.1001/jama.297.6.576