Cord Blood Banking - A Basic Guide


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Cells for Life is a professional umbilical cord blood bank. They store cord blood in the event the child, or a family member requires the stem cells. Visit their website to learn more

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Cord Blood Banking - A Basic Guide

  1. 1. Cord Blood Banking A Basic Guide
  2. 2. Cord blood banking is an important process thatmany parents use to help ensure the futurehealth of their children. Most of us have heardabout the value of stem cells when treatingdisease, and it is the stem cells found in theumbilical cord and placenta after childbirth thatare used in cord blood banking.The cord blood banking process is relativelysimple, but if you want more information, here’sa basic guide.
  3. 3. Why Bank Cord Blood?Basically, parents choose to bank cord blood in case itmight be useful in the future to treat a specific healthissue. Obviously, there is really only one chance tocollect blood from the umbilical cord, and with more andmore uses for it being found all the time, many parentsdon’t want to miss out. Some of the reasons that parentwould want to participate in cord blood banking include:• Bone marrow transplant• Leukemia treatment• Sickle cell anemia treatment• Krabbe’s disease treatment
  4. 4. Why Bank cont…The stem cells that come from cord blood have theability to produce all of the different cell types in thebody, which is one of the main benefits and reasons ofbanking.However, the real ‘why’ of cord blood banking may lie intreatments that haven’t even been discovered yet. Theones that are known are quite impressive, and withresearch ongoing it’s only a matter of time before thatlist is expanded. Cord blood banking means you’ll beready, if necessary.
  5. 5. How Is Cord Blood Extracted?The cord blood extraction process is quite simple, but itdoes require a good deal of skill and precision. After ababy is born, the umbilical cord is cut like it always is,then it is cleaned.Once cleaned, a needle is inserted into the cord andblood is drawn. This is repeated in a few differentlocations along the cord, and the blood is deposited intoa sterile collection bag. After it’s all collected, the bag iswrapped up in thermal wrappers and the cord blood issent to the lab.
  6. 6. How Is It Banked?The process of cord blood banking basically meansfreezing it and storing it in a sterile location or ‘bank’.The blood may be banked in a facility for public use or aprivate cord blood bank designed for private, familyuse.Banking cord blood in a public facility doesn’t costanything, but it may end up helping a stranger in thefuture. If you don’t want to store cord blood privately,public storage can make a difference is someone’s life.
  7. 7. The Moral DilemmaMost people have likely heard of the moral issues raisedwith stem cell extraction and using stem cells formedical conditions. With cord blood banking, the moraldilemma that many people have with embryonic stemcells is no longer applicable.With umbilical cord blood, the baby is already born andthe blood that is left in the cord is literally going to bethrown away. This cord blood isn’t needed by the babyanymore, but it still has the red and white blood cellsand plasma found in regular blood.
  8. 8. Moral Dilemma cont…When cord blood is extracted for banking, the babydoesn’t feel any pain, similar to when the cord is cut.Cord blood banking is a quick, painless procedure thatoccurs after the baby has been born using blood that isgoing to be disposed of anyway.
  9. 9. Real-Life ExamplesSome real-world examples of using stem cells to helpwith serious medical problems, include:• Recreating functional human blood vessels in micewith only an injection. This could mean a future of non-surgical heart repair.• Injecting umbilical cord blood cells into the brains ofelderly rats and improving brain function.• Growing tissue to replace a woman’s windpipe usingher own stem cells. This completely eliminates any fearof rejection.
  10. 10. References for Life – Umbilical Cord Blood Bank