The primary reason for banking your child’s cord blood -- peace of mind -- is one any parent can relate to. Parent’s do so much to prepare for their child's birth and ensure their child’s life will be a healthy, happy one. So is cord blood banking one of the things they ought to consider? To decide, it helps to know something about how the process works, and what cord blood may be able to do (and what it can't), should they ever need it.
Cord blood comes from a newborn’s umbilical cord and is collected immediately after birth. Once the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, the remaining blood in the umbilical cord is drawn into a collection bag.
This blood contains powerful stem cells that have been used to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems in more than 30,000 transplants worldwide. Doctors are using cord blood to save lives today and researching cord blood as potential treatment for diseases that currently have no cure.
Yes. Cord blood stem cells are biologically younger and are more flexible compared to adult stem cells from other sources like bone marrow. When saved, they have unique qualities and advantages:
- Less risk of complications when used in transplants
- Ability to use one’s own stem cells for conditions that currently lack medical treatment options, also known as “autologous transplantation”
- Immediately available and can minimize disease progression in early treatment
Preserving them "stops the clock" and protects the cells from aging and being exposed to environmental factors and common viruses that can decrease their function