In the simplest sense, umbilical cord blood banks exist to store and preserve non-controversial stem cells. It is becoming increasingly common to collect these stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood, keeping them safely frozen in cord blood banks. The stem cells found in the cord blood represent our tissues’ building blocks, opening up a world of possibilities for the baby’s and families’ future medical treatment choices.
Cord blood: Nature’s gift for tomorrow’s medicine
Only a decade or so ago, before the more widespread use of cord blood banks, invaluable cord blood was typically discarded with the umbilical cord and placenta after birth. Thanks to rapid scientific development we now know that this blood contains a matchless treasure that nature gives as a gift to every newborn baby. Many parents are recognizing this opportunity. They’re taking steps to secure the best future medical advantage for their family by choosing to protect these master stem cells in cord blood banks26.
Stem cells are already saving lives today and even helping doctors understand how diseases and conditions develop. As research continues to emerge, it becomes clear that the possibilities for stem cell treatments in a future medical landscape are infinite.
Umbilical cord blood provides the an excellent source of stem cells, which are genetically unique to the baby and its family. Storing your child’s stem cells in a cord blood bank secures a stem cell source for your immediate family. Stem cells can regenerate healthy blood and immune cells in life-threatening diseases such as cancer and genetic diseases, as well as immune system, metabolic and blood disorders. There are also promising indications in the treatment of conditions that have no cure today, such as cerebral palsy and juvenile diabetes19.
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Every day new studies emerge, adding more diseases and disorders to the list that can be treated by stem cells and bringing new hope to patients and their families. Cord blood banks are the safe houses for parents who saved their baby’s umbilical cord blood, providing them with a unique biological insurance22.
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