Why Preserve Cord Blood?
Why do we buy life insurance? In order to guard against the consequences of unforeseen events. Preserving your baby's cord blood is better than a life insurance policy. It can potentially preserve the health of the ones you cherish the most. Cord Blood Banking is a lifetime gift that every parent hopes his or her family will never need to use.
Current Medical Applications
A parent may choose to save their child's cord blood for use by their child or a sibling in the event a life-threatening disease develops. In such a case the cord blood stem cells are stored and cannot be accessed except by you or your child at the age of consent.
A parent may choose to donate their child's cord blood to the community, similar in principle to a routine blood donation. Under these circumstances, the cord blood would be released for use by any qualified recipient, or perhaps for scientific research.
Future Treatment Discoveries
Not only can stem cells be used to treat a variety of blood diseases and cancers traditionally treated with bone marrow transplantation, but also new research is being conducted that shows the potential for stem cells to help treat other diseases such as heart disease, stroke, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.
Cord blood stem cells are especially suited for use in gene therapy. Researchers are optimistic about similar treatments for AIDS, Rheumatoid Arthritis & Diabetes. "Stem cells from…umbilical cord blood are now being used to treat approximately 75 diseases including acute and chronic leukemia, aplastic anemia, Tay Sach's disease, sickle cell anemia, and SCIDs. The stem cells found in these sources are called hematopoietic progenitors and can regenerate the blood and immune system for patients who undergo chemotherapy or radiation. The hematopoietic stem cell is the best-studied and most frequently used stem cell (3), and has the largest proven application to current clinical practice, as it has been used in transplantation for over thirty years."(Sandra Wolf, RN. Myfreece.com)