Saving umbilical cord blood is essential

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Are you about to become a new parent?  If so then your mind will be full of all the information that you have been bombarded with relating to pre-natal and post-natal matters.  Unfortunately there may well be a gap in that information in that you may not have been informed about – umbilical cord blood banking?  It is true that most new mothers probably haven’t heard much about it at all.  What you should know is that cord blood donation is an essential element in progressing medical knowledge for the benefit of everyone.  Umbilical cord blood is used in research but can already aid in the treatment of over 70 life-threatening diseases.  Because umbilical cord blood can save so many lives, it’s absolutely essential that more families should learn about its importance.

 

Cord blood is different from regular blood because it isn’t aged – it is literally brand new.  It hasn’t been exposed to the environment, which makes it a better option for fighting certain diseases.  Furthermore, cord blood has cells in it that we don’t typically see later in life, including unique immune cells.

 

What cord blood can do

 

Many scientists and medical practitioners consider that umbilical cord blood is a potential miracle source to find cures for major diseases, but why?  It helps to understand what cord blood is before you can understand what it can really do. Technically speaking umbilical cord blood is that which stays within the umbilical cord and placenta right after birth.  There is a high quantity of stem cells within the blood that can help treat a wide variety of diseases and genetic disorders.

 

The stem cells that doctors take from cord blood have been used to heal many conditions, including various forms of anemia, leukemia, osteoporosis, and lymphoma.  However, the majority of cord blood is used to deal with bone marrow diseases. There are currently many studies ongoing, examining how cord blood can be used to fight other ailments.

 

How you can get involved

 

It’s easy to get involved – all you have to do is simply save umbilical cord blood at the time of birth.  And no, that doesn’t mean you have to do anything – that’s the doctor’s job.  If you want to donate or save your umbilical cord blood, all you have to do is let your doctors know in advance.  This way, they can prepare for collecting the blood properly and can quickly store it in exactly the right conditions.

 

During birth, the blood will be collected after the baby has been cut from the cord but before the placenta is delivered.  Either gravity or a needle will help drain the blood into the collection container.  The procedure is quick and painless – and totally safe.

 

There are a number of private cord blood banks all over the world, but there are also quite a few public blood banks.  Today, more and more parents are choosing to donate their umbilical cord blood to the public blood banks since it is free to donate and store.  However, you may have to do some research on your own since many medical professionals aren’t up to speed on where you can donate cord blood.  So, if you want to help save lives, enquire about donating umbilical cord blood.

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