Cord blood banking is the collection of fetal blood from the umbilical cord at birth. This blood is important because it is extremely rich in Stem cells that are of higher quality and greater potential use than bone marrow stem cells. Patients often wonder what are stem cells and what can they be used for?
Stem cells are cells that have the potential to develop into any type of tissue in the human body. So, when a particular organ system or cell line in the body malfunctions, stem cells have the potential to build a whole new group of those cells to replace the malfunctioning ones.
New Applications for Stem Cells
Every year there are many discoveries revealing new applications for these cord stem cells. Since the first stem cell transplant was performed in 1988, there have been over 35,000 successful cord blood transplants. Past studies have led to the successful treatment of over 70 diseases so far and hundreds of current studies seem to indicate that we are on the frontier of major discoveries for many new applications for the use of cord stem cells. Some of the applications and diseases that are showing great promise for cord stem cell therapy include regenerative medicine in which damaged organs or tissues are repaired or replaced by entirely new tissues, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and spinal cord injuries among many others. Promising ongoing research also indicates that any person today stands a 1 in 400 chance of needing their own stem cells to treat a life-threatening disorder that they may develop in their lifetime and that the chance of you receiving cord stem cells between birth and age 70 from any donor source is 1 in 217. Comparing these estimates of cord stem cell need to those of 20 years ago when it was estimated that an individual had a lifetime potential need of 1 in 200,000 indicates the rapid evolution of revelations and successes resulting from early research. The studies of today and tomorrow hold a lot of promise for discoveries of a whole host of new uses that will require cord stem cells.
When to Look Into Cord Blood Banking
There is only one time in our lives when these valuable cells can be collected and that is at birth. So, it’s important for parents-to-be to consider the impact that cord stem cell collection can have on their children and families.
If you are interested in saving your baby’s cord blood for one of its many potential uses in the future, you need to contact one of the cord blood banking companies prior to your baby’s birth to arrange for this.
There are a quite a few companies that provide cord blood banking services. Based on the results of independent research, the physicians of Florida Woman Care of Jacksonville are proud to recommend a company that we believe has the highest quality stem cell preservation program– CORD:USE.