Umbilical Cord Blood refers to the blood that remains in the umbilical cord after the childbirth and is later removed or cut. It consists of red blood corpuscles, white blood corpuscles, platelets, and plasma. The cord blood is also known to contain stem cells in abundance, having a potential lifesaving factor, which benefits the most to your baby and your family.
Cord blood stem cells are mostly being used to treat patients for a myriad of diseases, such as different forms of leukemia and illnesses related to our immune system. The treatment itself is regarded experimental in nature, while the scientists are engaged in continuous research of its various benefits or use to the mankind for treating diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, diabetes, and stroke. With the advancement in the scientific methods in the ensuing years, the potential behind the use of cord blood stem cells to treat various diseases and ailments is only anticipated to rise.
Cord blood banking has different options to look at – private banking and donation. When you store the cord blood stem cells of your baby with a private bank, you are assured of an access to a stem cell unit that genetically matches with your baby if your doctor advises the need for a transplant with the stem cell in the future. Not only this, there is also a possibility that those cord blood stem cells would match with a blood-relative family member, including your spouse, siblings or yourself. Where about 30 percent of people needing a stem cell transplant are unable to receive it due to unavailability of a donor with over 1 Human
Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) match, it becomes all the more advantageous to have the cord blood stem cells of your baby preserved with a private bank, and made readily available if there is a need for transplantation to be done. Besides, using a cord blood stem cell unit belong to a family member increasing the patient’s survival rate more than two times higher than a cord blood stem cell unit belonging to an unrelated donor.
Should you plan not to choose a private bank for storing your baby’s cord blood stem cells for its potential use to the baby or a family member, you have another option of donating. If you donate your baby’s cord blood stem cells, you feel happy from within to have increased the chances of someone else benefiting from a cord blood stem cell transplant from a cord blood registry.