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We Answer The Top Five Questions About Cord Blood Banking

We Answer The Top Five Questions About Cord Blood Banking

We Answer The Top Five Questions About Cord Blood Banking

We Answer The Top Five Questions About Cord Blood Banking

The nine months of pregnancy is a roller coaster of emotional and physical highs and lows. As the due date approaches, the excitement of welcoming a new addition to the family is sky high. At the same time, the unknowns of being a new parent can certainly create their own sense of worry. As an expectant mother, you’re probably being told to put up your feet and relax, but we understand that the mind is harder to tame: will the delivery will be smooth? How much will it hurt? Have I packed enough clothes and essentials for the baby? Is there anything more that I can do?

If you haven’t already signed up for Cord Blood banking, then the answer to the last question is YES! Banking your baby’s cord blood is additional health protection that you should certainly consider. For those of you just starting to read up and research the topic, we have put together the top five questions our experts at Evercord most frequently answer.  

 

Question 1: How is cord blood used for treating diseases?

Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, the “building block” of the entire human genome. In the past, this critical source of stem cells was usually discarded, but with new technology and growing medical research, it is possible to store and use cord blood and tissue to help the baby or his/her family member in case of a future medical need.

Stem cells from cord blood are more adaptable than bone marrow stem cells and therefore do not require an exact donor match. Stem cells extracted from cord blood are usually expanded and used for stem cell treatments prescribed by doctors under clinical conditions.

 

Question 2: Which illnesses are benefited by cord blood banking?

Over 80 illnesses have FDA-approved treatments utilizing stem cells from umbilical cords. Along with these, there are FDA-approved clinical trials underway targeting over 30 more diseases. Here is a detailed list of all illnesses that benefit from cord blood banking:

https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/diseases

 

Question 3: Can other family members use my baby’s cord blood?

Cord blood treatments fall under two main categories:

Allogeneic: patient uses stem cells from a matching donor. This could be a sibling or an unrelated donor.

Autologous: patient uses their own stem cells.

In cases where the illness is not genetic, your child can benefit from his or her saved cord blood (like in the cases of cancers such as Leukemia). The banked cord blood can also help family members by providing them with a higher chance of finding matching donor stem cells if their condition calls for such treatment.

Apart from these current treatments, the next phase of research is opening up the use of stem cells in regenerative treatments such as spinal injury, which could be universally helpful.

 

Question 4: Is the procedure risky for the baby or the mother?

No, the collection of cord blood is a completely safe and painless procedure (you can read about the process in more detail on our blog). In fact, cord blood is collected after the baby is safely delivered and the process is carried out by the OB-GYN in charge of the delivery.

 

Question 5: How much does it cost?

Parents have the option to choose from a variety of payment packages.

Pricing is based on several factors: whether you opt for storing just the cord blood or the cord blood and umbilical tissue; the courier and lab processing fees and the payment plan for storage.

Check our pricing page for detailed information on payment plans, discounts, and financing options.

We know that you are reading this because you want the best for your child; so, don’t stop here.

Cord blood banking is already saving thousands of lives every year, but what is even more exciting are the future possibilities. Even if only a few of the avenues being explored today become full-fledged treatments down the line, it will revolutionize medical science forever.

Imagine unlocking the health benefits of your own cord blood 30 years down the line. Now that’s a gift worth leaving behind!

 

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