Cord Blood Storage Options

Cord Blood Storage Options

Cord blood banking is a procedure where in the blood from the umbilical cord are collected shortly after birth and then stored for future use at a blood bank. How cord blood is collectedAfter a birth, naturally the newborn’s umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Obviously it does harm the newborn or the mother. Immediately after that, a doctor or health care provider will insert a needle into the newborn’s umbilical cord to collect the blood. The blood is then drained into collection bag and sent t…

Advantages of Cord Blood Banking

Advantages of Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood banking may come in handy, so to speak. If your family has a history of certain disease, cord blood could be a used in treating the disease.If the disease requires a bone marrow transplant, the blood in the umbilical cord can help provide the necessary stem cells.InsurancePurchasing calamity or disaster insurance is practical and logical: you hope for the best, yet prepare for worst.Same with cord blood cells. You pay for their storage, while hoping to never have to need them. It’s ve…

Which Diseases Can Be Treated With Umbilical Cord Blood?

Which Diseases Can Be Treated With Umbilical Cord Blood?

Cord Blood And DiseasesAccording to the International Cord Blood Society, “Discarding the cord blood at the time of birth as is commonly done in 99 percent of all deliveries doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Each year approximately 9000 patients are diagnosed with diseases that can be treated with stem cells and nearly 70 percent of those in need of a stem cell transplant are unable to find a match.”Why cord blood?Compared to bone marrow transplant, gathering cord blood poses no risk to either …

What is Cord Blood Banking?

What is Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood banking refers to obtaining and storing the blood which contains stem cells from your child’s umbilical cord What are stem cells?Stem cells, as defined by Women’s Health UK, are Unspecialized cells, that is, they do not have the ability to perform specific functions (e.g. ability to contract and relax like cell muscles, or secrete hormones into the blood stream like endocrine gland cells). Cells that have the ability to proliferate for long periods, meaning they can divide several tim…