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Why Should You Bank The Blood From Your Baby's Cord?

Feb 6, 2008
Collecting and storing cord blood is a rather new concept. Nevertheless, many parents have seriously considered cord blood banking as they become aware of the substantial health benefits.

Cord blood is the remaining blood in the umbilical cord once the baby has been delivered. Normally, cord blood is disposed off with placenta and umbilical cord after birth. Stem cells in cord blood is extremely useful as they are not as controversial as stem cells from embryos. Cord blood stem cells have wider uses than stem cells taken from bone marrow.

Cord blood stem cells can develop into various types of cells such as muscle, nerve or blood cells. Since these cells can regenerate immune system and repair damaged cells, they have the potential to treat heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease.

Many doctors are realizing how beneficial cord blood is. Currently cord blood is used to treat over 75 medical conditions, this list is growing every day. It can even be used to treat certain types of cancer, blood and auto-immune diseases. Cord blood is suitable for use by the whole family, not just the child it was taken from.

Recently there have been a number of substantial breakthroughs in stem cell research. Scientists were able to created bone and cartilage, grow liver and lung cells from cord blood stem cells. Eventually these cells could potentially be placed into the human body to repair any damaged organ, hence overcoming the short supply of organ donors. It is possible that these cells will be able to be grown up into organs without having to first implant them into the human body, this could potentially save thousands of lives all around the world. This organ is produced from your own tissue, which means the body will not see it as a foreign body and therefore it has less chance of the body rejecting the organ.

There are 2 types of cord blood banks: private and public. If you want to bank your baby's cord blood for use by your child or other family members, then you should choose a private cord blood bank. However, private cord blood banking can be costly as you have to pay for the cord blood collection process and annual storage fees. There are cases you should consider storing cord blood privately. Parents of children of ethnic minorities are encouraged to bank their baby's cord blood as it is difficult to find bone marrow match. Private cord blood banking is also recommended where there's a family history to diseases only treatable with cord blood.

Storing cord blood in a public bank means that anyone can use it who needs it.

If you decide to bank your newborn's cord blood, you will need to choose a cord blood bank ahead of the birth, typically at least a month or two before the due date. Once you fill out the paperwork and inform your doctor and hospital about the decision. Many hospitals are not equipped to handle this immediate cord blood collection at the birth and special arrangements may need to be made. The cord blood will be collected and returned to the bank of your choice to be stored for later use if needed.
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Cord blood banking is a protection against future diseases. There have been numerous cord blood stem cell advancement in recent years. Learn more on how cord blood saves lives by visiting www.storingcordblood.com/home
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