Cord Blood Banking Basics
When you are pregnant, you have a lot of choices to make in relation to the birth of your baby. From where to how you want to deliver, making sure that both you and the baby are healthy is the most important thing when considering your options and doing what is best for your family. Cord blood banking is one such opportunity, but many families are unfamiliar with the process and its benefits. Keep reading for more on cord blood banking basics.
When you bank cord blood, which is the blood found in the umbilical cord and placenta of a newborn baby, you are able to collect and preserve stem cells that can be used for research and treatments later on. Tissue and blood from the umbilical cord are currently being studied in the treatment of cerebral palsy, autism, Type 1 diabetes, and hydrocephalus. These stem cells are also being successfully used to treat over 80 different diseases, including leukemia.
Research the benefits of preserving cord blood with a private cord blood bank, and work with experts directly, to ensure you have everything you need before your baby comes. For an overview of all the cord blood banking basics you need to know, check out our infographic below!