What is Cord Blood Banking?
Your baby’s birth provides you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to collect and save your newborn’s stem cells as a potentially lifesaving resource for your child and family. Cord blood, rich in stem cells that are genetically unique to your baby and family, can only be collected right after your doctor has cut the umbilical cord. The collection process is simple, painless and takes only minutes, and unless you choose otherwise, your newborn’s stem cells will be thrown away at the hospital.
As you may already be aware, stem cells have a natural, regenerative power to heal and are currently being used to treat, or cure, nearly 80 serious illnesses, including leukemia, blood disorders, and cancers. More recent advances involve treatments for very common health problems like heart disease, diabetes and more. The ability of stem cells to regenerate into other types of cells in the body has now proven its effectiveness for treating and curing some of the most common diseases and devastating injuries.