Experience Life with Stem Cells and Cord Blood Banking

Apr 9th 2019 at 4:51 AM

In many cases after the birth of the child the umbilical cord blood is generally thrown away but have you ever thought of storing it? Well, the idea of storing cord blood has become an ideal way to safeguard the health of your child for the future. The umbilical cord blood contains a rich source of stem cells which are similar to those found in the bone marrow. These cells are further used to generate cells of the immune system and red blood cells.

The cord blood is also referred to as regenerative medicine because of its potential to regenerate tissues in the body. The medical uses of these cells are rapidly growing for its magical healing properties. These cells are helpful in treating cancers (leukemia or lymphoma), metabolic disorders, blood diseases like anemia and some tumors as well.

The procedure of Cord Blood Banking

Immediately after baby’s birth a specialist clamps the umbilical cord at two places and cuts it. During the collection procedure, there is no physical pain to the mother or the baby. The cells in the cord remain active for the next few days and within 24 hours it is properly transferred to cord blood banks where it is securely processed, frozen and stored for further uses. Cord blood stem cells in India and their storing facilities are increasing with the awareness among people.

Where is it stored?

Following are two types of the bank which store the cord blood.

1. Public Banks: Donating the cord blood to a public bank free of charge. Blood of your child can save any people battling with major blood diseases including blood cancers. This banking supports the health of a community. But the recipient has to be a suitable match.

2. Private Banks: When you store your child’s blood in a private bank it means that the stem cells are reserved for the child or his family members no matter whenever they need it. The family donating blood in these banks has full rights and immediate access to it. Private cord blood banking is not free at the time of preserving but it’s free at the time of retrieving, unlike public cord blood banking.

There are specific pros and cons with both types of cord blood banking so it’s important to find the best suitable option for your child and ultimately for your family. There are still many people around the world who don’t know about these potentially backed up stem cells so the scientists are rapidly going with their studies to gather evidence and aware the people about the same.

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