November 24, 2014
As much as we all wish we could, no one can see into the future. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring for us and our families, but the best thing we can do is take care of ourselves and also prepare for the unknown. We do this in many ways. We become educated so we can make the most informed decisions, we save money to be financially ready for emergencies, we obtain insurance to protect our families and our belongings, and we take all the necessary precautions to provide a safe, healthy living environment for our children. We do all of this and more, in order to be secure and hope we’re prepared for any unexpected bumps that life throws at us.
But what about the health of your family? What can you do to be prepared to ensure the best possible outcome for any unexpected, life-altering diagnoses or accidents you or your children may experience? One way would be to choose umbilical cord blood banking. This might see like an odd answer if you are not aware of all the benefits and promise held in the tiny, incomparable stem cells contained in your baby’s cord blood.
First, let’s get a clear understanding of stem cells. These cells have a specific role for a body. Stem cells are unspecified cells with an unlimited ability to differentiate into other types of cells, leading to regeneration, rejuvenation and healing. They are the body’s basic building blocks of growth and development. Their role in the body is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are located. For therapeutic purposes, they can be collected and transplanted into diseased or damaged areas of the body, leading to healing and cures.
Stem cells exist in many places throughout the body, however, they are found in considerable, collectable amounts in two places: bone marrow and umbilical cord blood. Of course, the window of opportunity to collect umbilical cord blood is only in the short time following birth, which is why preparation to save these precious cells should be initiated early in your pregnancy.
By saving these cells, you are not taking anything away from your child. The stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and tissue are left over following birth and no longer needed by your baby. These cells were vital in the tissue and organ development of the growing fetus while in-utero, but the excess stem cells left in the cord blood are ones no longer needed for the baby’s continued growth. But that doesn’t mean they are no longer valuable! If preserved immediately following birth, these cells are still viable and incredibly powerful in the treatment of future disease, tissue and cell regeneration, and more. Even with the known therapeutic qualities of these incredible stem cells proven to be effective for treatments, the majority of cord blood is, unfortunately, still thrown out as medical waste after childbirth. Make the wise choice NOT to let these cells go to waste – choose cord blood banking!
The decision to elect for cord blood banking with your soon-to-be-born child is one that you will never regret. You are giving your child the promise of a healthy future by providing him or her the best chance for treatment should they ever develop any one of the vast number of life-altering diseases that can be treated with cord blood transplants.