The benefits of cord blood banking:
The discovery of many uses for cord blood stem cells is a great achievement in medical science. Cord blood banking is considered a potential life saving process. Cord blood may be used for treating numerous genetic and blood diseases.
Umbilical cord blood has been shown to treat or ameliorate over 40 diseases and disorders including many blood cancers, immune disorders, Lupus, anemia. Some diseases would not be suitable for the donor themselves but instead would be suitable for a matching recipient.
The field of cord blood research has recently made many new discoveries including successful human clinical trials in the area of Type 1 diabetes, Cerebral Palsy and heart disease. There are studies continuing in the United States and abroad that include research on Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injuries and stroke.
In addition, cord blood stem cells have a lower risk of graft versus host disease (rejection issues) when compared to bone marrow transplants therefore allowing for a greater range of finding a donor/recipient. Cord blood also provides an option that is more affordable, less painful and less invasive than traditional bone marrow transplants.
Considering the benefits of cord blood banking, many expectant couples are opting to collect and store their family’s cord blood to safeguard their family’s future. Couples who cannot afford to pay for private cord blood storage may want to consider donating their cord blood to a public cord blood bank.