Blood from your baby’s umbilical cord contains stem cells which may be collected and stored after the baby’s birth. Stem cells have numerous current and possible future medical uses that warrant consideration. There are no public banking systems to store cord blood at this time. However, there are several private companies that offer storage options. If you are interested in cord blood collections, you may want to visit the websites for Cord Blood Banking (www.cordblood.com) or Viacord (www.viacord.com) to learn more. Dr. La will also be happy to discuss this option with you.