The Health Bank: 7 Medical Benefits of Your Baby’s Cord Blood
As a future parent, you know you will be ready to do everything you can to take good care of your child and to offer them the best future possible. Banking the cord blood of your baby is a good investment for their health.
Here are 7 good reasons why you should consider doing it.
1. Cord blood can be used to treat different diseases
The stem cells that are found in a baby’s cord blood are able to develop into all types of cells. They can be transplanted to help treat many different diseases, including cancer, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, cerebral palsy, and autism. Banking the cord blood of your baby is truly a good investment for their health.
2. The cord blood of your baby could help a sibling
The cord blood of your baby can help treat different diseases they might suffer from in the future, but it can also be used to cure a sibling. The collected stem cells will be a perfect genetic match for your child, and could be a good match for their sister or brother.
3. Donating cord blood is not as safe as banking it
When parents take the decision to collect their baby’s cord blood, they can either bank it in a private cord blood bank, or donate it. If you donate your baby’s cord blood, anyone who needs it will be able to use it, so it might not be available anymore if your baby needs it someday.
4. Cord blood banking is not as expensive as you think
Donating your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank is free, but banking it in a private bank will cost you something. However, it will certainly not be as expensive as you might imagine. You will only have to pay a yearly storage fee for as long as you want to keep it in the cord blood bank.
5. The cord blood collection process is risk-free
The cord blood collection process is risk-free and painless for both the baby and the mother. Collecting a baby’s cord blood takes around 5 minutes, and does not interfere with the bonding of the mother and baby. As soon as the cord blood is collected, it will be shipped to the cord blood bank where it will be processed and stored.
6. You can collect your baby’s cord blood no matter how you give birth
Cord blood can be collected no matter how the mother gives birth. Whether a C-section is needed or not will make absolutely no difference in the cord blood collection process. If you are considering delayed clamping, you can still collect your baby’s cord blood.
7. You won’t have another opportunity to do it
Collecting and banking cord blood is an opportunity that only comes around once in a lifetime, and that is at the birth of your baby. If you don’t take the decision to do it now, it will be too late to do it a few hours after your baby is born.