When you are pregnant, you make a lot of important decisions; preserving your baby’s stem cells should be one of them. A baby’s umbilical cord blood is where their special blood cells called stem cells originate from. These cells act as the building blocks for blood, organs, tissue, and the immune system. All these things are unique to your baby genetically.
With banking your baby’s stem cells, you are upholding a unique biological resource which is a self-repair kit for your child and other family members (possibly).
Whether or not there is a medical need for it, it is a wise idea to store your child’s cord stem cells because these building blocks develop into blood cells which fight infections, carry oxygen to various body parts and help with blood clotting.
Blood diseases like leukaemia and sickle cell anaemia, dozens of cancers, immune and genetic diseases affect these blood cells. If unfortunately your child suffers any of such dreaded illnesses, their stored cord blood would be a perfect match for them at any stage in their life.
Cord blood stem cells have been used as a life-saving alternative to bone marrow transplants and doctors really trust them. Preserving of the baby’s stem cells should especially be done by families who have a history of diseases.
Being a perfect match for your baby, means that their stem cells are a perfect 6 out of 6 HLA (Human leukocyte antigens) tissue type match, in case they ever need a transplant. Apart from this, biological parents of the baby will always be a partial match for the stem cells. And, siblings from the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match and a 50% chance of being a partial match.
A family history of a disease that requires the cord blood to be treated runs an increased risk for your child or their sibling to need a cord blood transplant. Families with ethnic or mixed-race background find it difficult to get a match should they ever need a stem cell transplant.
Every day some breakthrough happens in stem cell research and more and more pregnant couples are choosing to bank their baby’s cord cells. While in older times, there was only 1 in 2700 chances that someone in your family would need a transplant which has become dangerous in recent years by coming up to 1 in 400. This need of the hour has made the researchers to dig deep into studies.
The effects of cord blood stem cells on spinal cord injury, brain injury, type 1 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and even HIV are being learned. As stem cell science advances, the importance of saving these cells increases exponentially.
With private cord blood banking, you store your baby’s stem cells for a perfect genetic match and which is guaranteed. At this point, your baby’s stem cells can be stored indefinitely to enable you to safeguard against diseases today and hope for more treatment possibilities tomorrow.
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