I gave birth to our Yael last August 2015. A month before that, our kind and amiable OB Gynecologist gave us a few documents to review. It was about cord blood banking.
Husband and I totally did not understand its concept until she patiently explained it to us. 5 facts about Cord Blood Banking:
1. What is cord blood?
Cord blood is the blood in the baby’s umbilical cord. It is full of life-saving stem cells that are useful to help treat numerous diseases and disorders like leukemia, cancer, and even autism.
2. How is cord blood collected?
Right after giving birth and when the umbilical cord has been cut, the cord blood is collected. The doctor will insert a needle into the umbilical vein still attached to the placenta and will drain about one to five ounces of blood into a collection bag. Our OB Gyne reassured it is pain-free for both the mother and the baby and will last for about ten minutes. The collected cord blood will then be stored in a cord blood bank for future use.
3. What is cord blood banking?
After the extraction, the blood will be shipped to a cord blood bank. It was explained to us that we could either donate our baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank for anyone’s use or we could pay to store it in a family cord blood bank for our family’s use. The cord blood will be tested, processed, and preserved by controlled freezing until needed.
4. What is the importance of cord blood banking?
Cord blood is a rich source of blood stem cells. Stem cells are the building blocks of the blood and immune system. They have the ability to develop into other types of cells, so they can help repair tissues, organs, and blood vessels. It can also be used to treat a number of diseases and disorders like cancers, leukemia, cerebral palsy and even autism.
5. How long can cord blood be stored?
Science shows cord blood can be stored for over 22.5 years, giving one’s family peace of mind. Stem cells taken from the baby’s umbilical cord are a definite match to that baby and most likely suitable to his siblings as well.
Our OB Gyne added that about 35,000 cord blood stem cell transplants have been performed worldwide — most likely the same number of lives saved by this one simple decision.
There is only one opportunity to collect and store the umbilical cord blood and that is only during the birth of a child. Unused cord blood is disregarded as medical waste, thus banking cord blood is a one chance decision. And one responsible cord blood and tissue banking service provider in the country is Cordlife Philippines.
Cordlife Philippines has established a proven track record of reliable cord blood banking services. It guarantees that the baby’s cord blood will be screened, processed, and stored following the strictest international quality assurance standards.
Again, I gave birth last year. My son is now turning one this August. And I am assured that nothing will happen to him today or in the near future because the good Lord will bless our family. We’ve just donated my son’s umbilical cord blood after his birth.
Cord blood is the perfect tissue match to your child and most likely suitable to his siblings, too. It is a one-chance, one-choice act only that could save your child or others. Call Cordlife Philippines now and invest in your kid’s future or be a hero for others.
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