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When I had my first child, I learned that there’s nothing more exciting and nerve racking than waiting for my baby to arrive. Recently, I learned that men can help to control things such and safety and the security of my family. One of those things is considering whether to bank or donate your newborn’s core blood stem cells.
Stem cells that are in a newborn’s umbilical cord have unique characteristics, other than are found in other parts of the body. Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic steam cells. HSC’s that are acquired from cord blood offer advantages compared to adult stem cells that come from bone marrow, and cord blood can be collected without posing risk to the mother or the newborn.
Because this information isn’t really presented in a fair and balanced manner, more than 90% of newborn stem cells are discarded as medical waste. There is only one chance to collect and store these stem cells, and that is immediately after birth. Expectant parents can either choose to store their child’s umbilical cord blood, or they can donate it to a public bank. As of now, only a select number of hospitals are able to collect the cord blood for storage in public cord blood banks.
A lot of parents don’t know that cord blood can have the potential for treatments and medical use that was not previously imagined. About 1/3 of parent’s comprehend that stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood are being used in regenerative and transplant medicine more often. Over the past 25 years cord blood stem cells have been used worldwide to treat nearly 80 serious diseases and disorders in adults and children.
The Family Cord Blood Banking Act has been introduced to Congress. This will ensure that cord blood banking services will be a qualified medical expense. For those people that believe in the continued study of stem cell research and want to provide their family with potential treatment options, cost should not be a barrier to preserve these unique, powerful cells.
Below is just a sampling of information readily available to help parents make a decision. For even more information, please visit www.cordblood.com :
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are considered the body’s “master cells” because they have the ability to create the different types of cells that make up our organs, blood, tissue, and immune system.
The type of stem cell found in cord blood has been used to treat more than one million people. Another million see the value in newborn stem cells and have chosen to bank them for family use. Half of them are stored with CBR.
What are newborn stem cells?
Stem cells can be found in places like bone marrow and fat tissue, but the younger, more flexible stem cells in the body come from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood and tissue. There are many advantages of newborn stem cells over other sources of stem cells.
Newborn stem cells are:
- Unique: Your baby will be a perfect match for their own stem cells and may be a match for a sibling or other family member.
- Powerful: They’re used to treat many life-threatening diseases, including anemia, leukemia and certain other cancers, primarily for a family member or genetic match. They’ve also shown in laboratory studies the potential to heal serious conditions like brain damage for the child’s own use.
- Smart: They “know” how to find injured cells and tissue in the body and initiate a healing process.
It’s important to make a decision about saving or donating well before your due date. If you choose to do nothing, your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue will be discarded as medical waste.
Newborn stem cells are not embryonic stem cells. Collecting, storing, and using them is not controversial.
“My patients and their families mean the world to me and I want to make sure they have the best treatment possible. Saving cord blood is something every expectant family should know about and consider because the potential therapeutic uses continue to expand. Research in the use of cord blood is very important and cannot continue if parents do not consider banking.”
~ Dr. Jennifer Arnold, neonatologist, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and star of TLC’s “The Little Couple”
The Cord Blood Registry is the world’s largest newborn stem cell company. It was founded in 1992 and is entrusted by parents with storing more that 500,000 cord blood and cord tissue units. This company is also pioneering FDA-regulating clinical trials through partnerships with leading medical institutions exploring the use of newborn stem cells to treat a variety of serious conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain information. For more information, please visit www.cordblood.com.
Anyone who visits cordbankingbasics.com until Feb. 24 and completes an information request will receive a $200 discount on banking a newborn’s umbilical cord with Cord Blood Registry from this CBR Discount Coupon.