Cord Blood

What is Cord Blood?

The blood contained in the umbilical cord has abundant stem cells, which are life creators. These cells are the key to combat some diseases which can put your family in danger. Therefore, it is advisable to store this blood to treat a variety of diseases and disorders including autism-related illnesses in their early stages, as well as cerebral palsy, dementia , blood diseases such as leukemia, and more than 80 additional diseases.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It’s 100% compatible with the baby.
  • The cord blood contains biologically virgin cells in a state of constant evolution with regenerative characteristics.
  • The potential uses include transplantation presenting a lower risk of rejection.
  • They are used in autologous transplantation, known as auto implants, meaning the blood is used in the donor, it can be used in cancer patients, the blood can be used for patients after chemotherapy or radiation.
  • Available for emergencies to help stop the progression of the disease.

Cons

  • The compatibility is not guaranteed with figures of 25% between siblings and 50% among parents.
  • There is a rare possibility of transmitting a genetic disease, although the blood is analyzed to find common diseases such as sickle cell anemia but does not guarantee success.

Why Are These Cells Special?

The importance of conserving the umbilical cord blood is biologically beneficial if they are collected and stored immediately after birth, as they will help treat many hematological diseases. They will be stored in specialized banks that will secure them for a future emergency.

Unique Advantages

  • Improves the percentage of success during a transplant operation.
  • Using an anthologist transplant to help you combat diseases modern medicine can’t cure.
  • Available at any time, when it is needed the most, safely stored at the optimum temperature.

More Stem Cells Are Equal to More Recovery Options

Before 2017, no other bank had the technology to collect more stem cells which has been a great limitation of umbilical cord blood banking that they were not able to improve. Americord has changed that with our improved technology which has led to more efficiency, benefits, and quality because we can collect twice as many stem cells as the other cord blood banks. These precious cells are preserved until they are needed.

Securing An Exact Compatibility

When you opt to have these stem cells collected and securely stored, you are protecting cells with the exact compatibility to your baby and probably, other members of your family. To use these cells in the future, cryo-storage is required to keep them stored in a blood bank, so your family will have access to these cells, which may even be used to save their lives.

Stem cell treatments have been multiplied up to 328 times in skin regeneration transplants (epidermolysis bullosa), and also have been used for cardiopathy and type 1 diabetes. The umbilical cord blood for leukemia treatment helps improve the survival chances and lowers the risk of a relapse.

Autism Treatment

Autism is a neurologic disease affecting speech, social capacities, and the nervous system. Stem cells have been found to help lower the autism symptoms, improving individual’s expressiveness during conversations.

Blood transplant was performed in children from 2 to 7 years with autism after one year psychological and cognitive analysis was carried out, 70% of the children showed moderate to significant improvements in social interactions and language.

This is possible because the cord blood cells repair the immune system, this also helps treat Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Donating the Umbilical Cord Blood

It doesn’t hurt, doesn’t transmit any diseases, and is quite safe for the baby and mother. The blood extraction process is quite fast, it can be done in 5 minutes:

  • First, after the baby is born, the blood flow from the umbilical cord is stopped by using a special surgical staple, right after that, the cord is cut and a needle is introduced inside the cord to extract the blood.
  • At least 4 to 6 oz is extracted from the placenta.

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