Each visiting the clinic for routine checkups, i notice the banner promoting umbilical cord blood banking. Brochures lining at the counter with a great picture of a pregnant mom featured on it. At a certain time, free talks held where the representative of the cord bank will explain about cord blood banking.
Cord blood banking has become popular among Malaysian parents, but is it necessary?
What is umbilical cord blood (UCB) banking?
It is the collecting then preserving and storing of blood taken from a baby’s umbilical cord that is rich source of Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). This preserved stem cells can be used later in the event of an unforeseen illness.
How is the cord banking process?
1. Bring along the kit to the hospital
The cord blood banking company will provide you with a kit that we need to bring along to the hospital. Pass it to the doctor who are responsible for your delivery.
2. The blood collection will be done by the doctor.
After the baby is delivered, doctor will clamp and cut the umbilical cord. The blood flow from the vein of the cord into a blood bag through a needle that has been inserted into the cord.
3. The blood bag will be taken care of the Stem banking team
Their representative will pick up the blood bag and transported to their facility. The stem cells will be tested, processed and store in nitrogen liquid at -196°C for long term storage.
Why would you preserve your baby’s cord blood?
1. Only one chance to store
Baby’s cord blood can only be collected immediately after birth.
2. The best cord blood is one’s own
Your child’s stored cord blood would be a perfect match for him at any stage in his life as it contains potential lifesaving stem cells that can be developed into other types of cells. This aids in tissues and organs healing and repair that can be used to treat diseases.
3. Benefit from emerging applications
Take advantage of this technology to keep your baby’s stem cells. There is uncertainty of what disease she might get but with stem cells preserved, its the fastest availability solution. Patients could receive cord blood transplantation earlier than those receiving conventional bone marrow grafts.
4. Protecting your children against the unpredictable
Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 diseases with over 25,000 transplants worldwide. Currently cord blood has been used in the treatment of :
# blood disorders
# immune system disorder
# Metabolic disorders
5. Protection for your family too
The blood stored for possible use within the family. Siblings and parent have higher chances of matching DNA to use the steam cells compare to unrelated donors.
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