Cord blood banks are facilities responsible for the storage of cord blood and its stem cells acquired from umbilical cord and placenta after childbirth. The stem cells present in cord blood are hematopoietic in nature, and act as blood cell progenitors for RBCs, WBCs and platelets.
It is highly beneficial for you to opt for stem cell banking, especially when you are a parent or going to become a parent. Cord blood stem cells have found great use in the treatment of cancers in kids. Here are some important facts which you should know about cord blood banks explained below:-
Potential of saving life
Stem cells present in cord blood have the ability to treat about 80 diseases and syndromes such as genetic disorders, blood diseases, immunity system aliments and cancer. They help one’s immunity system to rebuild and get strong again, so that he/she becomes healthy once again. Other diseases that can be treated with stem cell banking are diabetes, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.
Other important facts
There are some other important facts related to cord blood banks which are as follows:
- Before getting treatment for diseases like leukemia, you should see whether your child’s own cord blood is suitable or not. If not, then you should look for a transplant from other people like siblings or an unrelated person.
- The cost of banking includes collection, storage, processing and annual storage charges.
- Ask each and every thing about cord blood, and its banking from your doctor, including referrals.
You never know when you will need the cord blood for your baby’s health. So, it’s better to be prepared beforehand by banking the cord blood of your newborn child, for both present and future’s sake.