Why it is
Why is it worth cord blood banking.
Cord blood banking during childbirth is probably one of the most important decisions to make in your life. Read more to find out what are the features of stem cells and what role can they play for the future health of your family.
Why stem cells?
80 oncological and hematological diseases
so many diseases are by now treated with stem cells from umbilical cord blood
autism and cerebral palsy
latest research showed clinical benefits for patiens suffering from these conditions
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
No one knows the future and can foresee which diseases could potentially affect their family. The current study shows that the probability of stem cell treatment during a lifespan is now 1: 100. Stemcells collected at the birth can be used for the child that was born and its siblings ( with a compatible HLA system). Collection is completely safe for a mother and a newborn.
Cons of cord blood banking
It's not a cure for everything
despite the growing number of indications, stem cells cannot be used for treatment in all medical cases
collection and banking of umbilical cord blood is not reimbursed, so parents must bear the costs themselves
Banking is not always possible
there are contraindications for collection, e.g. HIV infection