Cord blood banking is something that more Americans are turning to these days for the potential benefits the practice could have in their family’s future. Here we examine just what cord blood banking is and some of the reasons to consider it before giving birth to your next child.
Generally, cord blood banking is the process of collecting and preserving a sample of your newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells. This is done by taking a sample of the blood from the umbilical cord immediately after it’s cut, and then processing the blood for stem cells in a laboratory before using cryopreservation methods to freeze the sample for possible future use.
The umbilical cord blood is different from general blood samples in that it is high in hematopoietic stem cells. These cells make cord blood stem cell treatment effective for a number of serious illnesses and disorders that may appear later in a child or family member’s lifetime. For over 20 years now, doctors have been using these cells in effective treatments of many illnesses and are performing still more clinical trials to see how effective they are in treating various other common disorders and diseases prevalent today.
Some of the many diseases and disorders that have already been treated with cord blood stem cells fall under the category of cancers, blood disorders, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders. Additionally, those disorders that are being tested in clinical trials with stem cells from cord blood include hearing loss, cerebral palsy, Type 1 Diabetes, and traumatic brain injuries.
If you are considering cord blood banking, it’s wise to do as much research as possible and find the best bank for you and your family.
By banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood, you can ensure a greater chance for quicker, lifesaving treatments of various possible diseases or disorders in the future for them or other members of your family.