As you may or may not already know, stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and tissue are different than other types of stem cells. Cord blood has unique advantages, which is why many parents are beginning to use cord blood banking services to store their child’s cells in a safe and secure cord blood bank.

Cord blood stem cells are “younger” than adult stem cells, which means they are typically more flexible. Parents choose to store their child’s cells in a cord blood bank because umbilical cord blood cells offer a lower risk of complications than adult stem cells when used in transplants. Cord blood banking also offers many other advantages, such as the capability to use your own stem cells to treat diseases which there are not many options of medical treatment. Because your own cells have been stored in an umbilical cord blood bank, they are immediately available, so there is no “waiting period,” which can often cause a disease to become more severe as it goes untreated.

Cord blood stem cells are “younger” than adult stem cells, which means they are typically more flexible. Parents choose to store their child’s cells in a cord blood bank because umbilical cord blood cells offer a lower risk of complications than adult stem cells when used in transplants. Cord blood banking also offers many other advantages, such as the capability to use your own stem cells to treat diseases which there are not many options of medical treatment. Because your own cells have been stored in an umbilical cord blood bank, they are immediately available, so there is no “waiting period,” which can often cause a disease to become more severe as it goes untreated.

Umbilical cord blood banking with CariCord is a unique and important service because it allows parents to choose to store their child’s newborn stem cells, which are found in umbilical cord blood and tissue, in a secure and sterile facility in the event that they are ever needed.

Another difference about “newborn” stem cells is they must be collected at the birth of the child. Unlike adult stem cells, they cannot be collected “as needed,” as they are removed from the umbilical cord and will otherwise be discarded as medical waste, if they are not immediately processed and stored in a cord blood bank. This is why it is essential for parents to consider and choose a cord blood banking plan ahead of time, before the birth of their child.

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