The health of our family has always been one of the highest possible priorities there is. Until recently our weapons against potential harm were vastly limited but the past two decades have proven that humanity’s strive towards universal progress is unstoppable. Medical breakthroughs have paved the road towards a healthier and more relaxed way of living. Less than a decade ago, though, another medical advancement set the beginning of a new age – the stem cell era. We discovered stem cells and quickly unveiled most of their hidden secrets and properties thanks to numerous Federal projects. Nowadays, cord blood banking is gaining more and more popularity among young families not only because of its healing properties but due to the warm feeling of safety you have when your baby’s cord blood has been stored away for emergencies.
A Little More About Cord Blood Itself
Cord blood (or often called umbilical blood) is the blood found within the placenta and the baby’s cord upon birth. It is extremely rich in stem cells and the amount of uses it has are expanding almost on a daily basis. Generally, if there is a new use of stem cells found, it means that there is a new method of applying umbilical cord blood to that certain medical procedure.
Stem cells inside that blood are some of the more primitive ones and therefore are more potent compared to the ones in the bone marrow for instance. This makes them ideal for almost all forms of stem cell transplants. The more primitive a cell is the more potential it has to transform itself into another type of cell – a muscle cell, skin cell, nerve cell, etc. This is why these less than 100 milliliters of blood stored in the placenta and umbilical cord are so vital to the future of your kid and even of your whole family. They contain thousands of times more stem cells than regular blood does and (if properly processed and stored) can be used to treat various conditions in the future, even as far as 20 years later.
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Now let’s get to the very essence of blood banking – the reason behind it.
Why Bank Your Baby’s Cord Blood?
In short you should at least consider storing away some of your baby’s stem cells just because you can never know what will life bring you. There are numerous medical conditions both affecting kids and adults that can now be treated by stem cell transplants and having a decent amount of cells stored away is something great nowadays.
An important aspect which is often overlooked is that your kid has 100% match rate with its own stem cells and you and your relatives have a similarly high probability of matching nicely with them as well. This means that instead of having to wait for months to find a matching donor, you will just need to undergo a simple screening process and go ahead with the procedure itself. When it comes to transplantations and treatments time is often of the essence so valuing it can be in your benefit.
Be A Part Of A Huge Family
There is a good reason that there are more than a million umbilical cord blood extracted and stored in the US only which are later on used for treating diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cerebral palsy, autism, and many more. You can head out to our Testimonials page where we have shared some of our customer’s stories about them and their families. Whenever somebody donates stem cells not only does he get access to them on a later period of his life but he will be able to cross-match with other people far more easily and will be treated with priority when it comes to transplants.
In other words, if you have a relative who doesn’t match your son’s stem cells he will enter a list of people who are relatives of donors. That way he will be put further up the transplant list in exchange for a small portion of your son’s stem cells when the times comes. This is why most companies such as ours tend to think of themselves as if they are huge families, and not corporations.
Another great advantage of storing stem cells is that you can later on participate in stem cell trials and research papers and most importantly – you will get paid for that. It can almost seem as an investment both into your family’s healthier future and into your kid’s college fund!
So, let’s sum up the most important aspects and some of the potential benefits of joining a blood storing network:
- It doesn’t cause any pain to the mother nor the baby
- It takes no time
- Payments can be distributed throughout the storing plans
- You get a huge amount of stem cells stored away for your family and other close relatives
- You get to join a network of people and can therefore be cross-matched far easier when it is needed
- Your family will live a worry-free life
Some Final Words
Stem cells are on their way to becoming the forefront of modern medicine. Their numerous abilities and countless applications are expanding further every day and nobody can predict the true potential of stem cell transplant. All that should make you consider storing away some of your baby’s cord blood, which is extremely high on potent stem cells. This will not only guarantee a safe passage through some of life’s “early” diseases for your kid but will also act as a secondary option in any medical scenario in the upcoming years, since stem cells are already branching out to all medical fields.