Our fertility specialists are avid advocates of cord blood stem cell banking after the birth of a baby. Did you know? Cord Blood Awareness Month in July is a movement spreading the word to the general public about the phenomenal powers of stem cells found in a baby’s umbilical cord blood. Why does this matter? Cord blood banking is the preservation of a newborn’s stem cells found in the blood of the umbilical cord and placenta. Parents can donate their newborn baby’s cord blood to a public bank – or pay to have it stored in a private bank. This movement is sponsored by the Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation.
Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplants
Inherited blood disorders can be cured by cord blood stem cell transplants. This treatment has been used since 1988 to treat over 80 diseases – like sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Over the past decade, there have been clinical trials underway to research the treatment of cerebral palsy and autism with cord blood therapies.
American Health Council
This movement is spirited by the American Health Council to spread the powers and possibilities of cord blood therapies to families, expectant parents, and healthcare professionals.
Stem cells found in cord blood are mainly used in the treatment of disease and tissue regeneration. Stem cells come from one of three sources:
- Cord blood
- Bone marrow
- Peripheral blood
Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Banking
Today’s parents-to-be are prearranging to have their baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells retrieved after the birth of their baby and banked for future medical use.
- Blood in the umbilical cord, and
- Tissue making up the umbilical cord
Collecting and storing a baby’s umbilical cord blood and tissue is not recommended as an insurance policy for the donor baby. The stem cells from umbilical blood and tissue are primarily used to treat a sibling or relative of the baby that has a medical disease treatable by a cord blood transplant.
Umbilical Cord Blood
This is the blood fluid from the baby that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after birth. This fluid contains special cells – hematopoietic stem cells – that are used to treat diseases. These special stem cells have the ability to mature into different types of blood cells in the body when transplanted.
Benefits of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
The cord blood of your baby is an abundant source of stems cells.
- Stem cells are genetically related to your baby
- Stem cells are genetically related to your family
- Stem cells are able to transform into other types of cells in the body to create new growth and development
- Stem cells are building blocks of the immune system
Stem cells are dominant cells contributing to the development of:
- Systems in the body
Medical Advances in the Use of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
Stem cells have the potential of providing medical professionals with the ability to treat a broad range of diseases – up to 70 – or use in future experimental medical research.
- Cancer – leukemia and lymphoma
- Blood disease (anemia)
- Immune system disorders preventing the body’s ability to defend itself
- Genetic disorders
- Neurological disorders
Avid Promoters of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell
Our fertility specialists are avid advocates of cord blood stem cell banking after the birth of a baby. To schedule your initial consultation at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.