Should we or should we not, is the question most couples ask themselves in respect of cord blood banking, during the later stages of week by week pregnancy. Among various other crucial decisions, cord blood banking might not seem to carry enough magnitude initially; a close look however at the various pros and cons of cord blood preservation might help informed decision making.
Recent scientific research has found that the use of these stem cells can help the body to reproduce disease-free cells in many organs of the body including muscles, nerves and organs. Until recently the best source of stem cells was considered to be in embryos and there is much controversy surrounding the collection of cells from this source. The exciting news is that cord blood cells can be used in the same way with the same positive results.
There are implied benefits of cord blood preservation. Stem cell cord blood can be effectively deployed to deal with a host of diseases and disorders like leukemia, metabolic disorders, sickle cell ailment, thalassemia, leukemia and other genetic immuno deficiencies.
Parents can make the decision to preserve the cord blood before the baby is born. They need to fill out a donor consent form ahead of time and allow the doctor and hospital know the intent to send the blood to the bank. The placenta and umbilical cord are then saved after the birth and sent to the bank.
After the temperature stabilizes, the umbilical cord blood is transferred to liquid nitrogen tanks. Special care is taken to ensure that the cells do not get frozen ice on them- as it will damage the cell membranes permanently.
Cord blood cell preservation is already making a difference by saving more lives. The future of stem cell transplant for many diseases looks bright due to this new advancement. As science advances, the uses for stem cells will increase with the potential to treat or cure many illnesses in the future.