Cord Blood Banking: an Investment in your Children’s Health
What exactly is cord blood?
After the birth of a child, the blood that remains within the umbilical cord is what is known as cord blood. The blood found in umbilical cords is filled with an unmatched assortment of undetermined stem cells that can incredible medical potential. Stem cells are kind of like a “template” cell that has not become a specific type of cell yet, and cord blood is literally bleeding with them. Stem cells remain inside one’s body later in life (in bone marrow for example), but cord blood stem cells have some important differences. Since cord blood is collected immediately after birth, the stem cells are still very young and have never been exposed to all the illnesses and other negative environmental factors that a person encounters later in life.
Why should I consider cord blood banking?
The Beginner’s Guide to Procedures
With cord blood banking, you can collect and save your child’s cord blood after giving birth and store it for future medical uses. Only after the birth of a child has occurred successfully is the cord blood collected. This is to ensure the safety of both the mother and child. And what’s more is that it does not cause any pain or discomfort! After the cord blood is collected, it is shipped to a laboratory where it is cryogenically frozen. This allows the cells to be stored for a very long time without aging and without being exposed to diseases, viruses, and other environmental factors.
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Today, cord blood has proven to have many incredible medical uses, and their list of uses continues to grow as the world of medicine advances. Since 1988, cord blood has been successfully used to aid in transplants. Stem cells found in cord blood are also being used to treat all kinds of life-threatening diseases including certain types of cancer. Since stem cells are the building blocks for all types of cells, there is a lot of new research taking place in the field of regenerative medicine. This could mean many previously permanent injuries such as brain damage or paralysis due to spinal injuries could be reversed.
Cord blood banking is the newest way to invest in the future health of your family. By not choosing stem cell banking, you are cutting your child short of the incredible uses stem cells could have in the future. Stem cells are not like blood, where there are only a few types, and stem cells are typically only compatible within a family.