Your cord blood is the best gift you can give your baby after she is born. Not convinced. Here are some advantages of saving of umbilical blood for your baby.
Your extracting cord blood for your baby is not painful for you and your baby.
Your placenta and the umbilical cord would have been discarded anyway. Why not use it for the welfare of your baby and its siblings.
There are many diseases like cancer which can be treated with the help of the patients stem cells.
Bone marrow can supply stem cells too. However, the quality and quantity is a lot better in the umbilical cord.
If a person has his own stem cells, he does not have to depend on others for donation. He is his own donor.
There can be a situation where the donors stem cells do not match that of the patients. As a result, treatment will be delayed leading to dire consequences. This could have been avoided if the patients parents had decided to preserve his cord blood after he was born.
Preserving your babys cord blood will not only help your baby but also her siblings whose blood you have not saved. Various researches has proved that the stem cells from a sibling is more beneficial than other familys stem cells.
You can look at it as insurance for your family. At the time of need this blood storage may prove to be life savior of your family member.
Incase, you see that your child is growing up healthy and there is no problem in the next few years, you can chose to donate the umbilical cord blood to a needy family.
Diseases Which Can Be Cured With Cord blood
Here is a list of some of the diseases that can be treated with the help of your babys umbilical cord blood:
Stem Cell Disorders
Liposomal Storage Diseases
Inherited Erythrocyte Abnormalities
Congenital (Inherited) Immune System Disorders
Other Inherited Disorders
Inherited Platelet Abnormalities,
Plasma Cell Disorders
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Small-Cell Lung Cancer
Cord blood banking may sound expensive now, but if you look that benefits you and your family might be getting out of it, the expense looks quite miniscule. So, think again. You love your baby very much and will always try to do everything possible to ensure that she is healthy and happy. Save her umbilical cord blood. Save the very cells that created her. Give her a gift she will always remember her own stem cells. They can give her a new life.