September 26, 2014
Why is cord blood banking something you should consider for your family? Because, by preserving the valuable, life-saving stem cells contained in your newborn’s umbilical cord, you are giving him or her the gift of good health and wellbeing for their future. You are ensuring he or she has options when faced with a life-changing diagnoses. You’re providing them promise and opportunities they may not have otherwise.
Should your child ever need a stem cell transplant during their lifetime, either due to disease, injury or any number of possibilities, the availability of their own perfectly genetically-matched stem cells will always be accessible to them, if you choose cord blood banking. This may not be an option for those who do not preserve their child’s stem cells at birth. In that case, the child would have to face the time-consuming and unguaranteed task of finding a matching donor. Often times, it is difficult to find a donor who is a genetic match to your child, which is especially the case for families with a diverse racial background.
You might be wondering what the odds are that your child would ever need to use their cord blood stem cells in their life. Well, the chances are greater than you probably imagine. It is estimated that a person has a 1 in 217 chance of needing a stem cell transplant before the age of 70. That is the current estimate based on existing treatments available and the number of diseases and injuries that are known to be treatable with stem cells. But those odds could increase as time goes by. Right now, more than 80 diseases, disorders and injuries are treatable with cord blood stem cells. But new discoveries are made in laboratories around the world all the time, by dedicated research professionals who recognize the vast power held in these tiny, but incredibly resourceful cells. They work diligently to explore every facet of their potential. This means there may be even more options for your family.
You want to give your baby the best head start possible in life. As expectant parents, you do everything you can to ensure the health and safety of your unborn child as you prepare to bring them into the world. You do this by educating yourselves, eating healthy foods, taking care of your body and through knowledgeable and thorough prenatal care. We all want the best for our children. By choosing cord blood banking, you can provide your child the best chance for a healthy life, from birth and into their future.