What in the world is cord blood banking? What are stem cells? And why should I save the blood from my baby’s umbilical cord? When I first became pregnant, I dove in head first and tried to learn as much as possible about what it meant to be pregnant and what I should expect. I barely understood what morning sickness would be like, let alone the challenge of making medical decisions that could affect my daughter, Sarah.
Sarah’s impending birth inspired me to dig deep and do lots of research, and one of the things I learned is the option to preserve my baby’s umbilical cord blood.
We decided to bank Sarah’s cord blood because we wanted “medical piece of mind” knowing that if she would ever become ill, that we would have potential means to help her. Knowing also that this was a “once in a lifetime” chance to take advantage of this opportunity.
What Is Cord Blood?
Cord blood is the blood that is left over from a baby’s umbilical cord after the baby is born. This once-in-a-lifetime collection of blood is rich with stem cells which provide families the chance to potentially use it as part of a treatment therapy for over 40 diseases, including various cancers, genetic diseases, blood disorders and immune system deficiencies.
The stem cells are important because they are powerful tools to potentially help a body suffering from disease or illness. In addition, research and development is demonstrating that stem cells may someday change the way many more diseases are treated. Cord blood research is continually being conducted to understand its full potential in stem cell transplantation. You can be ready to embrace such potential treatments, when the time comes, if you have taken the first step of banking your baby’s cord blood.
Why Would You Want To Save Your Blood?
Maybe you’ve heard of bone marrow transplants to help people with leukemia. Often, these transplants come from a family member or anonymous donor with a close genetic match. And sometimes, these patients strain to find a matching donor. You won’t strain with private cord blood preservation, which has a perfect match rate for your baby and a high probability of being a viable match for a sibling. Current research could perhaps in the future treat such diseases as:
- Heart Disease & Stroke
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Nerve and Tissue Regeneration
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Alzheimer’s Disease
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