“We have family history of leukemia and Doctor says that the growing baby in my womb is at the risk of Leukemia. I was much worried about but then my midwife told me to save the cord blood for my baby as Cord blood can use to treat the Leukemia effectively,” Says Elizabeth. She adds “I don’t have any idea what the cord blood banking is and why should I go for it. But I got wondered when I go through the cord blood banking and its benefits and arrange for saving cord blood of my baby for his healthy life.” She further adds “Saving my baby cord blood through Cord blood banking is like health insurance for my baby and peace of mind for me and my family.”
Elizabeth is a lucky mother who saves the cord blood of her baby on the time and ensures her baby’s health. Are you prepared to save the cord blood of your upcoming baby and get peace of mind? Just like Elizabeth, every expecting mother ought to go for cord blood banking especially if they have a family history of cancers, leukemia and much other disease. The cord blood has the potential to treat more than 80 health conditions which are otherwise untreatable through conventional means.
Just like Elizabeth, you might too, have many questions in your mind regarding the cord blood banking and its benefits. Here is the explanation of “what it is” and “why you should”.
What is Cord Blood?
Cord blood is simply the blood that is found in the placenta and umbilical cord of newborn baby. Unlike the blood in our blood vessels, cord blood has Stem cells which make the cord blood valuable. These stem cells are natural precursors of other blood cells including Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and can turn into these cells if transfuse into the baby with blood disorders.
What is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking is an emerging trend in health care industry. Cord blood banking involves the collection of cord blood from the newborn baby’s placenta right after birth and storing it carefully. This meant to preserves all its properties and keeps the stem cells in cord blood alive for its potential medical use in future. However you may donate it to those in needs. From collection to storing, whole process is safe and painless.
Why Should I Look for Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood is considered as Gold Mine to treat many Blood disorders, immune disorders cancers as well as some metabolic disorders. Currently, more than 80 health disorders can be treated with Cord blood and researches are still in progress and shows that the cord blood can be beneficial to deals with 200 health disorders. Cord blood is rich in stem cells which can transform into any of the blood cell which are affected by disease and thus results in successful treatment of diseases of Red Blood Cells i.e. Sickle Cell Anemia and diseases of White Blood Cells i.e. Leukemia. Treatment of these disorders is however not possible through conventional ways and required sometime requires transplant of health tissues or bone marrow.
Which Disease is actually treated with Cord Blood?
As stated earlier, to the date, there are more than 80 health conditions in the treatment of which, cord blood shown efficacy. However researches are in process to find out other health conditions which can be treated with cord blood cells in near future. Here is a list of disease that currently treated with Stem Cell in Cord Blood.
Blood Disorders Treated with Cord Blood
- Leukemia (and its types)
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Aplastic anemia
- Sickle cell anemia
Metabolic Disorders treated with Cord Blood
- Sanfilippo syndrome
- Krabbe disease
- Diabetes Mellitus Type I
- Hurler Syndrome (MPS-IH)
- Scheie Syndrome (MPS-IS)
- Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Disorders of Nervous System treated with Cord Blood
- Cerebral Palsy
To have peace of mind and to ensure your child’s health, you have to go for cord blood banking at any cost. The proven efficacy of cord blood and the stem cells in it make the cord blood a gold mine to treat many untreatable conditions without being harming the baby. Ask your doctor about how and where to store the cord blood of your upcoming child for future.