Polish Gynaecological Society recommends collecting and storing umbilical cord blood

A group of experts from the Polish Gynaecological Society issued a positive opinion about collecting umbilical cord blood and storing stem cells in specialised banks. The document, which was published in the monthly magazine „Ginekologia Polska” [‘Polish Gynaecology’], emphasised the need to educate doctors about stem cells and about the method of informing pregnant women of the possibility of their storage.

The Polish Gynaecological Society decided to support the idea of collecting umbilical cord blood and storing stem cells after getting acquainted with the present state of knowledge about this topic. According to the latest reports of the European Bone Marrow and Blood Transplantation Group from the years 2006 and 2010, the recommendations for a transplantation of umbilical cord blood stem cells are the same as in case of bone marrow or mobilized peripheral blood. The present attitude of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists emphasises the role of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells for future therapies.

Experts from the Polish Gynaecological Society drew attention to the need of providing honest information for pregnant women from gynaecologists about the possibility of storing umbilical cord blood in a public or family blood bank. In order to do it, a complex education for doctors is necessary. With appropriate knowledge, a woman will be able to decide if and where to do it.

The group of the Polish Gynaecological Society experts consisted of: Professor Ryszard Poręba (Chairman), Professor Ryszard Czajka, Professor Krzysztof Czajkowski, Professor Krzysztof Drews, Professor Jan Oleszczuk, Professor Mirosław Wielgoś, Professor Jan Wilczyński.