Cord blood banking, also known as cord blood stem cell banking, is an insurance policy for the future that every family should consider. It is a simple process. When a baby is born and the doctor cuts the umbilical cord, the blood remaining in the cord and placenta can then be taken to be banked. By putting this valuable cord blood in storage, a family has access to potentially life-saving stem cells.
Stem cells are more valuable than regular blood cells in that they can actually change into any type of cell needed later on. Cord blood can be used to treat a variety of health problems. Its use is not restricted to the baby, but can also apply to the mother or possibly other children if there is a match in blood types.
When a health crisis occurs, parents want to know that they can do everything possible to protect their children. Cord blood banking is such a simple way to have that added measure of protection. There are many ailments that can be treated through the use of cord blood. A great deal of research has involved the use of stem cells for treating problems with the heart and vascular system.
When patients have had a heart attack, coronary artery disease, and vascular disease, stem cells have been infused in the area of concern with positive results. New cells generate, making the patient stronger. Stem cells can also address nerve and brain damage as they cause new cells to generate in laboratory subjects.
In particular, patients with Multiple Sclerosis, which involves damage to the protective lining of the nerve cells, are experiencing the benefits of stem cell research. Stem cells are most commonly used in the treatment of cancer. While no family wants to even consider cancer in their children, or for any member, cord blood banking can provide peace of mind that timely assistance is available.
Families can research the private blood banks that are available and choose a facility. When a new baby is born, the hospital or midwife will collect the cord blood, store it appropriately, and it can then be transported by a medical courier. The stem blood is then frozen and placed in storage. If it should be needed in the future, patrons simply need to contact the blood bank and ask that their child’s cord blood be transported to the directed, medical facility.