7 Reasons To Save Your Child’s Cord Blood
1. Protect your family’s future health
You have many decisions to make during your pregnancy as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. One of these decisions is whether or not to save your baby’s stem cells. Stem cells are found in high numbers in your baby’s umbilical cord blood and the cord. These genetically unique cells are the building blocks for your baby’s body for blood, organs, tissue and immune system. They can help to repair or rebuild injured or damaged cells for your child and could possibly aid other family members. By banking your child’s blood you have the opportunity to preserve these potentially life-saving cells.
Umbilical cord blood is being used in the treatment and, in some cases, cure, for many cancers, immune and genetic diseases, injuries and other illnesses. Families who have a history of certain genetic diseases are especially encouraged to bank their baby’s cord blood due to its potential use in siblings or parents. More and more families choose to bank their child’s umbilical cord blood for peace of mind for their family’s future. CariCord offers many options to families in saving these precious resources.
The window of opportunity to collect these cells is very short. The cord blood and tissue must be collected in the few minutes following the birth of your child, so the decision to save these valuable cells should be made by your third trimester in order to have your collection kit, or “CariKit,” delivered to you in time for your baby’s arrival.
2. Many diseases can be cured or treated with cord blood stem cells now
Cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment or cure of more than 80 diseases. Doctors are able to use it to treat many cancers and other malignant diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, autoimmune diseases and more.
Stem cells found in cord blood are much easier to match to a patient than bone marrow because it does not need to be as perfect a match as is required with bone marrow, which is why doctors are increasingly relying on this life-saving alternative to bone marrow transplants. Doctors have also turned to cord blood stem cells due to its lower probability of graft vs. host disease (GVHD).
Researchers are breaking new ground in stem cells applications which could prove beneficial in the future for the treatment of many more common diseases and medical afflictions such as spinal cord injuries, diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
3. Cord blood stem cells will always be a perfect match for your baby
To be a match for any kind of stem cell transplant you must be a “match” to the donor cells. For a transplant coming from a bone marrow donor, a perfect 6 out 6 Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) tissue type match is required. For cord blood stem cells, only a 4 of 6 HLA match is necessary. Your baby will always be a perfect match to his or her cord blood should the need ever arise for a stem cell transplant. But did you know that for a full sibling there is also a 1-in-4 chance that they will also be a high-quality match? And cord blood stem cells are also a “half match,” or 3 of 6, for each parent.
4. Stem cell research is revealing exciting future uses
It’s an exciting time in stem cell research. More and more successful transplants and medical breakthroughs are leading expectant parents to cord blood banking. The results of medical researchers studying the effects that stem cells have on many diseases are encouraging. They are looking at the use of stem cells in the treatments of spinal cord injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, HIV, diabetes, and many, many more illnesses, injuries and diseases.
With this research, the importance in saving your baby’s cord blood is greater than ever before. By choosing a private cord blood bank like CariCord, you can store your child’s cord blood indefinitely and provide him or her a guaranteed exact genetic stem cell match as protection for treatment possibilities in the future.
5. Cord blood stem cells have potential sibling use
Your children have an increased likelihood of requiring a stem cell transplant sometime in their life if your family has a medical history of any of the diseases that can be treated with cord blood. Thanks to the research and new discoveries from laboratories like CariCord, the list of treatable diseases continues to grow all the time. Choosing to bank the cord blood and tissue from all pregnancies is highly encouraged. The reason being that a sibling transplant may be superior for treatment of certain genetic diseases as opposed to one from the child’s own cells.
Also, the majority of cord blood stored in public banks is predominately Caucasian over any other race or ethnic background. For families of a mixed-race or minority ethnic background, the search for a matching donor could be difficult.
6. Cord blood and cord tissue are valuable for your family’s medical future
The stem cells in your baby’s cord blood have the ability to heal, repair or regrow damaged or diseased cells for your child or family members. The potential for their use today is remarkable with stem cells being used in the treatment of more than 80 diseases currently, and their future potential, as well as that from cord tissue stem cells, is promising with new therapies and discoveries made every day. The large amounts and diversity of stem cells in cord tissue and its future possibilities, make us at CariCord believe that collecting the cord tissue is an intelligent and worthwhile choice for your family.
7. There’s no reason NOT to bank your child’s cord blood
Whether it’s to protect your family’s future medical health, to treat a sibling with a current ongoing condition, or just for peace of mind, there is essentially no reason not to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood. The scores of diseases currently being treated, coupled with the promising future potential being discovered every day, make the value in saving your baby’s cord blood even more important today. Banking your child’s cord blood is an investment in your family’s future.