Why Would Anyone Need to Save Cord Blood Cells?
As a parent, you want what is best for your baby. After your baby is born, you plan to offer the best foods, safety, and medical care you possibly can.
But did you know that you can protect your baby’s future even before she is born?
One of the best things you can do for your baby is to bank her cord blood soon after birth.
Cord blood cells are the most potent form of stem cells in the body, and they are responsible for medical miracles like re-growing organs and stopping disease in the body.
The catch is that unless a person uses their own stem cells for the repair, it is unlikely that they will find a match for their blood anywhere else.
If your baby needs something like a new liver, there is only a 25 percent chance that even a family member will be a compatible stem cell donor.
Adult stem cells are also less potent and do not provide all the benefits that cord blood cells do.
Just by banking your baby’s cord blood you are adding an extra level of medical protection to your baby’s future.
How is Cord Blood Collected?
When your baby is born, there are two things you can do to collect the blood. In a public collection-compatible hospital, the hospital may collect the blood and store it in a public bank.
Publically-stored blood costs you nothing but will be used by anyone that is a match for your baby’s blood (which is harder than finding a simple blood type match). If you do not have your baby at a public donation hospital, you can hire a private company to come collect the blood moments after your baby’s birth.
The blood is removed from the cord and placed into a vial for future use. The blood is then frozen and stored in a private facility (for a yearly fee) until your baby needs it.
How are Cord Blood Cells Stored?
A facility will typically keep the blood frozen. The bank houses individual freezers where all of the blood is stored. These facilities have many safeguards, security measures, and back up power sources to ensure that your baby’s blood stays safe until he needs it.
How will the Cord Blood Stem Cells be Used?
Stem cell research is still in its infant stage. Right now, there are about 80 diseases that can be helped or cured with the use of compatible stem cells.
As time passes and more research is done, it will become possible for stem cells to perform additional medical functions.
The cells can be used to heal disease, improve the function of organs, re-grow tissues, and may even cure terminal illnesses.
As a parent, your baby’s future is important to you. Whether your baby will need the cord blood or not may be a mystery, but you do not want to realize that you could have helped your baby with his cord blood but can’t, because you didn’t store it.
Storing your baby’s cord blood is an investment in the future that will only provide benefits to you and your baby.
Have you saved your child’s umbilical cord stem cells?
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