September 09, 2015

There are many non-controversial sources for which stem cells can be collected for potential use in human therapies. Saving cord blood is our preferred method, but other options include collecting stem cells from peripheral blood or bone marrow. As a family cord blood bank, we focus on collecting cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of newborns at birth. This is less invasive and less painful than collecting stem cells from bone marrow or peripheral blood. The difference is, these sources are options after the birth of a child or as an adult, whereas collecting cord blood or cord tissue for its many benefits can only be done at birth, as the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and cord tissue banking are normally discarded as medical waste if expecting parents do not make the decision to retain them using a family cord banking service like CariCord.

Cord blood stem cells taken from newborns are preferred over other types of stem cells because they are “younger” and have not been exposed to damage from radiation, toxins, environmental stress, and other facts, which is a possibility when using peripheral blood stem cells. They are therefore typically higher quality cells, which means if they are needed for use in a treatment at some point down the road, there is a greater chance that the treatment will be successful. The peace of mind that this gives parents often outweighs cord blood pricing, and as you explore the parent’s guide to cord blood on our website, you will likely find our family cord blood collection services to be very competitively priced.

The stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns is valuable because it can potentially be used to treat more than 80 diseases, some of which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Storing your child’s cells is an investment in their future, as it ensures that the “freshest” and most powerful cells will be available for future use in the event that they are ever needed.

In an effort to be the best cord blood bank for saving your baby’s valuable stem cells, CariCord often offers special discounts on cord blood banking. Check our website often for pricing and any promotions that we may run from time to time in order to help defray the cost of cord blood banking for expecting parents on a tight budget.

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