June 22, 2015

Those who are new to umbilical cord blood banking often ask questions like “What is stem cell research?” and “What if I’m adopting a child?” These are excellent questions that should be answered while you are still in your earlier stages of pregnancy, as cord blood banking must be decided upon by expecting mothers before their pregnancy stages are completed.

For families, umbilical cord blood banking is an excellent option to consider during their stages of pregnancy, especially if there is a history of disease in the family. However, cord blood banking can be especially critical if you are adopting a child, since many families who adopt are unsure of the health history of the child’s biological family.

If you are adopting a child (that hasn’t been born yet), the enrollment process for umbilical cord blood banking through CariCord is essentially the same. The only difference is the birth mother should be the one to fill out the medical history forms and provide a maternal blood sample, which will be tested for any infectious diseases. Aside from that, the cord blood banking process is the same!

Because many adoptive parents do not know the family medical history of the family from which they are adopting, they are more open to consider cord blood banking while the birth mother is undergoing her stages of pregnancy. With traditional families, it is relatively easy to use a sibling’s stem cells down the road in the event of an unexpected illness. But with adoption, there is often an uncertainty of whether a sibling will be available down the road, and umbilical cord blood banking ensures that the child will have the best possible chance for a stem cell match, should cord blood ever be needed for anemia treatment or treatment of another disease in the future.

Whether you adopting or having a child of your own, CariCord encourages all expecting mothers to consider cord blood banking during their stages of pregnancy. Currently, cord blood can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including anemia treatment, and stem cell researchers are continually finding new uses for cord blood.

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