What Are the Benefits of Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?

Roberta WilsonStarred Page By Roberta Wilson, 14th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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As an expectant mother or father, you’ve likely heard about the importance of saving your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells. But if you haven’t and are wondering what all of the fuss is about, you’re in for some very interesting news – there are many benefits of umbilical cord blood banking and many have the potential to be lifesaving.

What Are the Benefits of Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?

As an expectant mother or father, you’ve likely heard about the importance of saving your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells. But if you haven’t and are wondering what all of the fuss is about, you’re in for some very interesting news – there are many benefits of umbilical cord blood banking and many have the potential to be lifesaving.

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Cord Blood Is Saving Lives Today

Though it may seem like cord blood is the new hot topic for parenting guides, baby magazines, celebrities and mom blogs, cord blood has been used to successfully treat a variety of diseases and disorders for more than 20 years.

The newborn stem cells found in a baby’s cord blood are unspoiled and more versatile than adult stem cells, such as those found in bone marrow, mostly because they are younger and haven’t been exposed to toxins. The adaptability of these stem cells makes them extremely valuable in both transplant and regenerative medicines. According to laboratory studies evaluating their future use in regenerative medicine, these young stem cells have the ability to seek out damaged cells and tissues in the body and begin a natural healing process. And for more than 20 years cord blood has been used successfully in transplant medicine to treat blood, metabolic, and immune disorders as well as certain cancers because of its ability rebuild blood and immune systems.

Newborn Stem Cells Have a Bright Future

Research into potential additional treatments using umbilical cord stem cells presents exciting possibilities for doctors and patients alike. For example, clinical trials are currently underway to determine if cord blood stem cells can help treat cerebral palsy and brain injury. Cord tissue stem cells, which contain a different type of stem cell from cord blood, are being evaluated in clinical trials as a possible treatment for spinal cord injuries and heart disease.

Protect Your Family

One of the more important benefits of umbilical cord blood banking is that it may actually help protect another family member.

While using a child’s own stem cells for treatment is preferable in some cases, there are situations where his or her stem cells may not be suitable. In this case, a sibling’s stem cells have a good chance of being a match. This added protection is why many parents choose to bank every child’s cord blood.

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The Benefit of Preparation

Of all the benefits of umbilical cord blood banking, perhaps the most important is the peace of mind parents gain from knowing that they've done everything in their power to prepare for the future.

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author avatar A K Rao
15th Aug 2012 (#)

Very useful information explained in a lucid language dear friend Roberta! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Roberta Wilson
20th Aug 2012 (#)

Glad you found it helpful :) Thank you for stopping by!

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