September 11, 2015

Because some expecting parents are unfamiliar with the family cord blood banking process, CariCord has made an effort to provide a parent’s guide to cord blood through our website and this blog. Family cord blood services like ours exist so that parents can preserve their child’s valuable stem cells found in umbilical cord blood for potential future use. Without cord blood banking, these cells would be discarded as medical waste at birth. Many parents choose to save their child’s cord blood because it can potentially be used to treat more than 80 diseases, and has been known to save lives in some cases.

Why save baby cord blood? In short, because it can potentially be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, various cancers, and numerous other disorders. There have been many successful treatments using cells stored in family cord blood banks over the past 20 years, and yet this is still a relatively new phenomenon. As research continues to advance in the coming years, it is likely that many more parents will choose family cord banking from CariCord to secure their child’s future, especially if there is a history of disease in their family.

All across the world, stem cell researchers and scientists have been seeking to create and develop therapies that will rebuild or replace damaged cells with stem cells that are grown from other stem cells. Clinical trials involving humans have been conducted primarily using the patient’s own cord blood stem cells, in contrast to trials to determine cord tissue banking benefits, which are commonly performed on lab rats rather than humans. Both cord blood and cord tissue can only be collected at the birth of a child and must be stored by a cord blood and cord tissue banking service in order to properly preserve the stem cells to be of possible future benefit.

If you are considering saving your baby’s cord blood and want to learn more about pricing for collection and storage, this information can be found on the CariCord website. If you have a question we have not covered online, feel free to contact us directly for more information on umbilical cord blood and tissue banking services.

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