As an expectant parent you have choices to make every step of the way – one of them is cord blood and cord tissue banking. If you have lots of questions, know that you’re not alone: Does it make sense for my family? Is it worth it? How do I choose a bank? Today, more and more families are choosing to bank their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue because….
The Umbilical Cord is Awesome
Yup, we said it – awesome! Your newborn’s umbilical cord blood is a great source of stem cells. These “master cells” have the power to heal and are changing medicine as we know it. And as an expecting parent you have the opportunity to save your newborn’s umbilical cord blood and cord tissue stem cells.
Cord blood stem cells are doing amazing things right now – helping heal serious diseases and changing lives for the better. And the potential of cord blood stem cells continues to grow as researchers are hard at work conducting clinical trials for serious health conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Type 1 Diabetes1
Let’s be clear. Banking cord blood does not guarantee that a family will ever need to use it, or that use in treatment will work. Only a doctor can make that call. Cord tissue stem cells are not yet established for use in treatment at this time, but ongoing research in the area is very exciting.
When it comes to choosing what to do with your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells, empower yourself to make a decision that’s right for your family. Know the facts; consider the potential benefits. Sometimes having options can make a difference. Learn more at www.viacord.com
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Disclaimer: Banking cord blood does not guarantee that treatment will work and only a doctor can determine when it can be used. Cord tissue stem cells are not approved for use in treatment, but research is ongoing. For more details and references, click here.
References: 1. Harris DT, Badowski M, Ahmad N, Gaballa MA. The potential of cord blood stem cells for use in regenerative medicine. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2007;7(9):1311–1322. National Institutes of Health, ClinicalTrials.gov. Umbilical cord blood infusion to treat type 1 diabetes. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00305344. Accessed September 11, 2012. National Institutes of Health, ClinicalTrials.gov. A randomized study of autologous umbilical cord blood reinfusion in children with cerebral palsy. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT1147653. Identifier NCT01147653.
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