July 28Cord Blood & Cord Tissue Banking. What you need to know
Cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta have high concentrations of stem cells and regenerative healing properties that have proven to be effective treatments for certain diseases and disorders. Cord blood banking refers to the collection process of cord blood and tissues immediately after a healthy birth of a child. These cells are then cryopreserved and stored in a special medical freezer for future use.
This process is becoming more and more popular amongst mothers who are concerned about the future health of their child and family. The cord blood banking process is harmless to the mother and the child and preserves tissues that would otherwise be discarded.
CORD BLOOD. Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and are a 100% genetic match to the baby, have a 25% chance of perfectly matching a sibling, and have a 50% chance of partially matching a sibling or parent.
CORD TISSUE & PLACENTA. Cord tissue and placenta contain mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Tissues derived from cord tissue is a 100% genetic match to the baby and placenta tissue cells are a 100% genetic match to the mother. These stem cells can differentiate into many types of cells and tissues such as organ and muscle tissue, skin, bone, cartilage and fat cells.
Cord blood and cord tissues have been used successfully to treat a variety of diseases, including some cancers, blood disorders, and immune deficiencies. Among these are leukemia, aplastic anemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There are even more benefits to your family’s healthy by saving both cord blood (HSCs) and cord tissue (MSCs). The potential uses are infinite! Cord blood transplants are also accepted as treatment for thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, inherited blood disorders, and used to treat rare metabolic disorders that would otherwise be fatal for infants, such as Krabbe disease and Sanfilippo syndrome.
Regenerative medicine, which includes the use of these tissues for treatments, is quickly growing with several clinical trials showing positive results of treatments including cord blood and cord tissues. For more information about the healing properties of cord blood and cord tissue check out www.americordblood.com.
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