Umbilical Cord Blood

When you preserve the blood from a baby’s umbilical cord, you are investing in your family’s future health. These cells are very precious because they can treat many diseases, such as cancer, autism, and brain lesions, because the cord blood contains many valuable hematopoietic stem cells.

The umbilical cord blood bank processes and stores blood obtained from the baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth in private or public banks to cure more than 80 diseases. The umbilical cord was discarded for centuries and now it has been discovered that it is more valuable than gold after researchers discovered the regenerative power of these mesenchymal stem cells, primitive cells that repair the bone marrow and immune system.

Banks of Cord Blood and Cord Tissue

Once you have decided to store the blood from the umbilical cord, there are a few things to know. People have two options for cord blood banks; one is public and the other is private.

Cord Blood Banking Benefits

Currently, treatments are carried out to combat more than 80 diseases thanks to this blood with regenerative characteristics. Future research discoveries will continue to cure more diseases, there is great potential.

More Compatibility

The cord blood stem cells have high compatibility rates, cord tissue is more compatible than cord blood, 100% with parents and 50% with siblings and 25% with grandparents.

Quick, Easy and Pain-Free

The collection does not hurt, is not invasive, the process is fast and secure, ask if there is a doctor in your trusted hospital who can handle the collection, not all facilities are equipped to extract cord blood and tissue.

The Potential Use for Autism and Cerebral Palsy

Combatting diseases like these is the specialty of cord blood, it can facilitate the repair of cells damaged by disease, genetics, injuries, or simply aging.

Public Bank

As the name says, a public bank is free and open for all; it means that anyone can get stem cells from a public bank. Stem cells stored in public banks are not a person’s property, it is for the public.

This blood is available to any patient who needs it. If you choose to donate your umbilical cord blood to the public bank, tell your gynecologist who will give you the information required for the donation process.

Thanks to these banks, thousands of people are saved. Through this valuable assistance, people without economic resources use these banks in the hope of obtaining valuable cord blood that is compatible. More donations to the public cord blood banks is always needed, it is a humanitarian gift to share your baby’s cord blood. Here is a map of all the public cord blood banks: Here

Public Blood Banks for Donations In the United States Only  –  Public Banks in Other Countries

Private Banks

To guarantee the exclusive use of the cord blood to benefit your family,  private banks will keep the stem cells ready to use when required. Choosing to store your cord blood in a private bank doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use a public bank if needed. The Private Banks are designed to benefit your children and your whole family.

These private banks provide services for money, meaning there are collection, processing, and annual storage costs involved. However, cord blood cells stored in private banks remain the property of the donor.

These cells are stored by mixing special reagents with them and then freezing them at an extremely low temperature. Experience shows that when stored in such a manner, cells remain viable and expandable even after several decades of storage. Properly stored cord blood remains a quality product for a long time.

What Does Cord Blood Banking Cost?

There are two forms of payment that affect the cost when it comes to private banking:

  • The first option, which is determined by the bank, is offered annually. The initial payment goes for about $1,500, or even more. Keep in mind that this cost covers the first initial year. After that, you will be required to pay about $100 or more on an annual basis, to cover the storage costs.
  • The second option is better overall and a lot cheaper. This is where the bank asks for payment that will cover initial collection and storage for the next 20 years. This option protects your family’s health and will give you peace of mind for a long time. For both public and direct donation banks, the banks do not charge any fees.

Storing Private of Cord Blood

Private BankStoring cord blood cells in a private bank guarantees your family will have access to use them for future illnesses, it is advisable to store the cord tissue as well because this increases compatibility. There are several well–known private banks in the United States, Viacord, Americord, CBR Registry, and Stemcyte. These banks are approved by the FDA and AABB, institutions that preserve health care.

Banks store the cord blood in collection kits delivered by the contracted facility, ever increasing the industrial average of storage by families concerned about their health in search of the highest quality.

Why Do Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood is used in transplant procedures to increase success rates. There will be many more medical and therapeutic uses for stem cells because they are the best alternative to solve diabetes, different blood disorders, cancers, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

How Is Cord Blood Collected?

Cord blood collection is 100% safe and uses a non-invasive method for the baby and mother. It is obtained from the umbilical cord immediately after a normal birth or cesarean. If this precious blood is not collected, the biological materials are discarded.

After the child’s birth, doctors cut the umbilical cord and the baby is separated from the placenta. Then doctors insert the collection bag needle in the umbilical cord to collect the blood. Once the blood has been obtained, it is immediately transported to the laboratory for further processing.

When it arrives in the lab the quantity will be measured. The contents of the bag is further processed by adding some reagents, and then the material is sent to be frozen and stored at -196oC.

Treatment for 80 Diseases

Oncology

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Acute myeloblastic leukemia
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia
  • Juvenile chronic myeloid leukemia
  • Burkitt’s lymphoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
Immunodeficiencies

  • Reticular dysplasia
  • Omenn’s syndrome
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency
  • Thymic dysplasia
  • Associated with the X chromosome
  • Leukocyte adhesion deficit
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • Lymphoproliferative syndrome

 

Bone Marrow Pathologies

  • Blackfan-Diamond anemia
  • Severe aplastic anemia
  • Anemia of Fanconi
  • Amegakaryocytic thrombocythemia
  • Kostmann’s syndrome
  • Congenital dyskeratosis
  • Sickle cell anemia
Metabolic Diseases of Newborns

  • Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Gunther’s disease
  • Lesch-Nyhan disease
  • Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome
  • Hunter Syndrome
  • Hurler syndrome
  • Krabbe disease
Other Diseases

  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Haemophagocytic familial lymphohistiocytosis
  • Langerhans cell histiocytosis
  • Harelip
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Necrosis of femoral head
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Evans syndrome