August 14, 2015

If you are an expecting parent, it is important that you make a decision regarding your child’s umbilical cord blood and tissue. Umbilical cord blood banking is a growing field of medicine, in which the stem cells that carry unique healing properties are collected and stored in a secure repository for potential future use, as they can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including many types of cancer. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits that family cord banking offers.

If a parent does not choose to utilize family cord blood services, the stem cells found in the umbilical cord are discarded as medical waste. If one wishes to save their child’s cells through family cord banking, it is important to contact CariCord before the birth of the child, in order to register and order a collection kit, which you take with you when you go to the hospital. Umbilical cord blood banking, as well as umbilical cord tissue banking, is safe, painless, and non-controversial, as opposed to some forms of stem cell research that tend to make headlines. Cord blood refers to the blood found in the umbilical cord, whereas what is cord tissue refers to the actual umbilical cord itself. Both are rich sources of stem cells that carry great healing potential when saved through family cord banking from CariCord.

There are many potential cord tissue banking benefits, as cord tissue contains mesenchymal stem cells, which can be used to form bone, cartilage, and tissue cells. However, cord tissue is not yet currently available for use in human treatments, though numerous studies are underway. Cord blood, on the other hand, contains mainly hematopoietic stem cells, which carry the ability to self-renew and can differentiate to form new cells. This is why cord blood and cord tissue benefits outweigh the cost of umbilical cord blood banking, which can only be performed at the birth of a child before that child’s cord blood and tissue stem cells are gone forever.

In addition to private family cord blood services, which preserve a child’s stem cells for personal use by the family, another option of cord blood and umbilical cord tissue banking is also available. Public banking, a free option, is similar to making a donation to a blood bank. The cells are collected and stored (provided that they meet certain criteria), but the family maintains no control over their use, and doesn’t have priority access to the cells for personal use. This is better than discarding the valuable cells as medical waste, but if there is a history of disease in your family, you may want to choose private family cord banking services for either cord blood banking, umbilical cord tissue banking, or both. For more on the cord blood and cord tissue benefits, give us a call today, or check out the FAQ section of the CariCord website.

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