April 20, 2015

A recent cord blood study (livepage.apple.com) found that cells which had been cryopreserved for 8 years were still as viable as freshly collected cord blood cells from the birth of a child after a mother went through the various stages of pregnancy and gave birth. Because successful hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (using cord blood units stored in a bank) depends largely on the quality of the cells, it is crucial that preserved cord blood is equally viable to freshly collected cord blood.

This umbilical cord blood banking study involved the analysis of 60 units of cord blood, which had been cryopreserved for 8 years in one particular public cord blood bank where recent mothers store their newborn’s cells after going through the various pregnancy stages and giving birth. A flow cytometry method was used to determine the viability of the cells after they were thawed, and the study showed that the viability of the preserved cells was nearly identical to fresh umbilical cord blood cells, 48 hour after collection.

If you are new to umbilical cord blood banking or just asking yourself, “What is stem cell research?”, it will be comforting to know that the process not only potentially cures more than 80 diseases (many of which are life-altering or threatening), but that the preserved cells maintain their viability even after they have been stored in a secure facility (like the one CariCord uses) for nearly a decade. No matter where you are in your stages of pregnancy, you should know that private cord blood banking through CariCord is an excellent step towards securing your child’s future health, and scientific stem cell research proves it!

Currently, the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood can be used for anemia treatment, cancer treatment, leukemia treatment, and many more ailments; more than 80 in all. The decision to store your child’s cord blood is one that must be made before you complete your final pregnancy stages and give birth, as the cord blood stem cells from your child’s cord blood can only be collected, stored, and preserved at birth.

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