It is important to plan for your baby’s sound and secure future long before he is born. In addition, umbilical cord blood banking should be considered, as it was formerly considered medical waste. Umbilical cord blood and tissue both contain a variety of life-saving cells. Additionally, it has the capability to treat some lethal diseases in the baby, the baby’s parents, and even the baby’s extended family.
Take a look at the many benefits of cord blood preservation if you are expecting a baby.
- Treatment of life-threatening diseases: According to Food and Drug. Cord blood, rich in various cell types, is recommended by the FDA for treating almost 80 life-threatening diseases around the world, such as cancer (lymphoma and leukemia), anemia, inherited metabolic diseases and deficiencies of the immune system. The first umbilical cord blood transplant was carried out in 1988 to treat Fanconi Anemia, a bone marrow syndrome.
- Used for regenerative purposes:Although the researchers have seen. A rise in cord blood transplants in the past decade. As regenerative medicine, umbilical cord blood has been considered in numerous clinical trials worldwide for disorders like Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, and other neurological disorders.
- Matching cord blood stem cells: The initial step for any stem. The matching of the stem cells from the donor and the recipient is the most important step. A family or sibling match is more likely to be made than outside the family.
- Post-transplant complications: Graft-Versus-Host disease is a major complication. It occurs when transplanted cells attack a host. Depending on the recipient’s relationship with the donor, the risk varies. The risk of Graft-Versus-Host diseases after a transplant is also reduced, when an HLA match is made, since it is better accepted by the body.
- Collection is safe and painless: After the baby’s delivery. A few inches apart from the baby, hospital staff clamps the cord. An umbilical cord and placenta are collected with a sterile needle and bag once the baby has been separated from the mother. It is completely painless and safe for both mother and baby.
- Cord blood stem cells are ageless: Since the umbilical cord blood is young and primitive. There is a question that often arises about storing cord blood – how long can the stem cells be kept frozen and still be viable when they are thawed? The answer to this question would be that if the cord blood stem cells are properly cryopreserved, they can be kept in the frozen state anywhere between 21 to 75 years after birth (depending upon the quality of the cryopreservation process). As a result, even after two decades of these cells being stored, individuals and their families can still use these stem cells for treatment, and by then there is a high possibility that more conditions (whose treatment is currently being tested with cord blood stem cells) will be approved.
- It is readily available: The baby’s umbilical cord blood is stored and reserved for its own family and nobody else will be eligible for using it. We will never give it to anyone else or donate it for research. In general, cord blood from private banks for transplantation is much more successful than cord blood from public donors. Therefore, a private cord blood bank makes sense for a family with a medical history that can be treated with cord blood. Private cord blood banking offers so many benefits, but it isn’t inexpensive, but it is an important step towards securing the future of not only the baby, but the entire family, as well.