During your pregnancy did you feel that you were constantly receiving information and advice on too many topics to keep up with? I know that I felt that way. One area that I wish I’d received more information about was cord blood banking.
I didn’t know that cord blood stem cells, found in the umbilical cord, have been used in the treatment of more than 80 conditions and are currently being evaluated in FDA-regulated clinical trials for their potential regenerative ability in common health issues including autism, cerebral palsy, pediatric stroke and traumatic brain injury.
It is amazing that cord blood stem cells and do so much good – and have the potential to do even more! Despite all of this, the vast majority of umbilical cords are discarded at birth often because parents may not know their value or are not fully aware of their options for preserving this medical resource. The type of stem cell found in cord blood has been used to treat more than one million people. Another million see the value in newborn stem cells and have chosen to bank them for family use.
Cord Blood Registry, the world’s largest family cord blood bank, is the first and only newborn stem cell bank to pioneer FDA-regulated clinical trials with leading medical centers.
While choosing to bank your child’s cord blood is a personal decision, it is important to know that the use of cord blood in medical research is growing and will continue to grow. If you’re family meets certain criteria, you may qualify for the newborn possibilities program. This program offers free cord blood and tissue storage to qualifying families. Genetic counselors available to discuss your family’s medical history and to answer questions about how newborn stem cells might be applicable to your family.
Did you bank or consider banking your child’s cord blood?