The Truth About Cord Blood Banking and Harvesting Your Stem Cell

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Cord blood banking involves collecting blood left in your newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta and storing it for future medical use. Cord blood contains potentially lifesaving cells called stem cells. (The stem cells in cord blood are different from embryonic stem cells.)

Of all the decisions you make for your children, choosing to store their cord blood could turn out to be the most important. Faced with this decision, Cord blood banking can help by providing you with the most up-to-date information covering all aspects of cord blood banking.

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What are stem cells? Stem cells found in cord blood are mainly responsible for replenishing blood and immune system cells. These cells have the unique ability to multiply and develop into other cell types illustrated below. In doing so, these cells have the potential to provide new and healthy cells.

Diseases’ treatable with cord blood today:

Since the first transplant in 1988, cord blood has become a major source of stem cells for transplantation worldwide. Doctors have used cord blood stem cells to treat approximately 22,000 patients suffering from over 80 diseases including:

Certain cancers and bone marrow failure syndrome

Inborn errors of metabolism

Blood disorders

Immunodeficiencies

The future of stem cells: Worldwide medical research continues to unlock further potential uses for stem cells, with current research focused on developing treatments for diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and stroke, amongst many others.

What can stem cells do for your family? You only have one chance to save your baby’s valuable cord blood and that is at birth. These cells are a perfect match for your baby. It also provides a ready source of genetically related stem cells which may be used for a sibling or family member.

How is cord blood collected? Collection of cord blood is a safe, quick and painless procedure which does not affect the safety of the mother and baby. Be it a vaginal or caesarean delivery, your obstetrician will do the collection after the birth of your baby.

How is cord blood processed and stored? Once your baby’s cord blood is collected, it is transported to our laboratory for processing. The stem cells then undergo controlled freezing and will be stored in a liquid nitrogen tank at below -165 C. Researchers have estimated the stem cells stored under liquid nitrogen temperatures remain viable even after 1,000 years of storage.

Save more cells for your family– As a quality and technology leader, Cord blood banking is U. S. FDA-cleared automated cord blood processing technology to perform smooth and precise cell separation. The investment for your family is greatly maximized. If ever needed, a higher number or stem cells will enhance the success of the transplant.

Benefits of choosing Cord Blood Banking includes:

Better chance of having a successful transplant

As high as 96% total nucleated cell (TNC) recovery rate

Up to 52% higher than open processing method

Consistently high yields, independent of operator skills

No sample mix up; ensuring the stem cells are truly yours

No cross contamination, more sterile

Proven and safe technology

The stem cells can alternatively be used by the baby’s family members because the chance of a match with siblings is up to 75 percent and up to 50 percent with parents. And thus, there is a growing need for a dependable, stable, and trustworthy cord blood banking facility.

Vance Madrid

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