My Baby Saved My Mom’s Life

Benefits of Cord Blood Banking

Your child’s cord blood is so powerful that it could not only save his or her life, but the lives of siblings, parents—even grandparents.

Benefits of Cord Blood Banking

The benefits of cord blood banking extend beyond just the cord blood donor child. Cord blood can be used not only for the child who donated it, but also first and second degree relatives, such as that child’s siblings, parents or grandparents in the instance they are a qualifying HLA match.

The matching process is much like matching for an organ or bone marrow transplant. For example, one out of four siblings will be a perfect HLA match with a donor sibling, virtually eliminating rejection complications with that cord blood unit. Collecting, processing and storing cord blood gives you peace-of-mind knowing a potentially life-saving tool is ready for your family to use whenever, and if ever, you might need it.

The first successful umbilical cord blood transplant was performed in 1988 on a six-year-old boy in Paris, France suffering from Fanconi’s Anemia, a specific type of blood disorder. At that time, that specific type of blood disorder was the only disease researchers knew cord blood stem cells might possibly cure. Now, researchers have discovered over 80 life threatening diseases that can be helped with cord blood stem cells! And, more studies are being conducted in hopes of finding even more cures with cord blood stem cells and cord tissue stem cells.

Diseases Treatable with Cord Blood

Saving Lives with Cord Blood

The powerful stem cells in your baby’s umbilical cord is comprised of two things that researchers are using to save lives: cord blood stem cells and cord tissue stem cells.

Cord blood is the blood found in the vein of the umbilical cord. It contains all the normal elements of blood—red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. It’s also rich in hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow. Currently, cord blood is used to treat over 80-life threatening diseases including:

Medical researchers are now exploring using cord blood for conditions like diabetes, cerebral palsy, autism, spinal cord injuries, stroke and heart disease—all of these conditions are unfortunately becoming more prevalent with children.

Cord tissue stem cells of the umbilical cord are rich in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC). MSC can differentiate into a range of tissues, including bone, cartilage and all forms of muscle tissue and neurons. Currently cord tissue stem cells are being studied for their treatment possibilities in Parkinson’s disease, liver fibrosis, lung and breast cancer, stroke, cardiac inflammation, spinal cord, and brain injuries.

With one in three Americans possibly benefiting from regenerative medicine, the powerful stem cells in a baby’s umbilical cord could bring significant progress.