Sunday, 15 June 2014

Surprising benefits of cord blood banking

Cord blood is found in the umbilical cord and the placenta of the baby after the baby is found. This cord blood is rich in stem cells that have been used to cure the patients with life-taking diseases. These stems cells have the ability to multiply and build new tissues and organs in the body that help the ill person to cure fast. For years we have known that stem cells can cure cancer and other diseases. But most of us didn’t know what is cord blood and its benefits. These stems cells that were earlier found only bone marrow are now found in the umbilical cord blood. If we knew its benefits earlier we would not have wasted this blood and would have had enough stem cells in stock with us.

What is cord blood banking?

Cord blood banking is a process in which the expecting parents decide to store the stem cells and contact a bank for the same. This bank is informed about the delivery date and they are available in the hospital to collect it. After they collect the blood then in their laboratory they extract the stem cells from that, process it and store it at the right temperature for up to 15 years. These banks have all the facilities that help them collect process and store the stem cells without damaging them. Parents can choose between private banking and public banking. Many parents usually ask their doctors what is cord blood banking and what will be the benefits of this. Doctors explain the benefits of it to their patients and then leave it to them to decide it. 

There have been many benefits of stem cell research. It has helped the doctors to save many lives. With these stem cells found in the cord blood you don’t need a perfect match; even if some percent is matching the doctors will proceed with the treatment. So you can be rest assured that you will not have to wait long to be cured if you are suffering from a deadly disease.  So you should save your baby’s stem cells as it can help your baby and other family members too.

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