Why it is
Why it is worth
The umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells, that have the ability to differentiate into other cell lines, e.g. nerve, bone, muscle or blood cells. By collecting umbilical cord blood and banking the stem cells contained in it, we gain access to innovative stem cell therapy when there is such a need.
Why it is worth banking cord blood?
so many diseases are treated by stem cell transplantation from umbilical cord blood
the administration of umbilical cord blood stem cells provides patients with these diseases
umbilical cord stem cells are widely used in the reconstruction of neurons, joints and bones
the odds of being treated with stem cells in the future
We do not know the future and we do not know what diseases can happen to our relatives. The probability of future stem cell treatment is now 1: 100, and the cells can be used both for the child during which the birth was taken as well as for the siblings and the child's family (with a compatible HLA system). The collection is non-invasive and completely safe for both mother and child.
What are the disadvantages?
despite the growing number of indications, stem cells do not apply in all diseases
collection and banking of umbilical cord blood is not reimbursed by the NFZ, so parents must bear the costs themselves
there are contraindications for collection, e.g. HIV infection