What Is Umbilical Cord Blood?
Umbilical cord blood, or popularly known as cord blood is the blood that is present in your baby’s umbilical cord. It is a rich source of stem cells and can be collected only once i. e. at the time of the birth of your child.
Stem cells extracted from cord blood are used efficiently in the treatment of blood-related conditions such as Thalassemia, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Neuroblastoma and so on. Cord blood stem cells have been used for over 30 years in more than 50,000+ transplants across the world.
Why Is It Necessary To Store Your Baby’s Cord Blood At Birth?
Stem cells obtained from the umbilical cord are the youngest and have great potential when compared to stem cells derived from adults or other sources. This means they can differentiate into a number of cell types. Hence, they are used for treating 80+ life-threatening diseases including cancer today!
Who Can Use My Baby’s Stored Cord Blood?
Your baby’s stored cord blood can be used by not just your baby, but the entire family that includes parents, siblings, paternal & maternal grandparents. Recent treatments have shown that stored baby’s cord blood have better treatment outcomes and are twice as successful when compared to that of a non-relative.