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People nowadays are more aware of the latest developments in science and technology and more and more people are taking Umbilical cord banking seriously.

What is Umbilical Cord Banking or Stem Cell Banking?

Umbilical Cord Banking is simply the preservation of the cord blood. Cord Blood is the blood which is found in Umbilical Cord of the baby. The umbilical cord is commonly known as the birth cord or the funiculus umbilicalis. It connects the developing embryo to the placenta. After a baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, some blood remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and the portion of the umbilical cord that remains attached to it. The blood in the umbilical cord is rich in stem cells. The stem cell is vital in the regeneration of white blood cells.

Benefits of Umbilical Cord Banking

The stem cells have the potential to fight and cure many life-threatening diseases. While bone marrow can supply stem cells, the quality and quantity is much better in the umbilical cord. What’s best with cord blood is that it does not have to match the child’s tissue type as closely as bone marrow does. And so the chance of being a match and saving someone’s life is even greater. A person does not have to depend on others for donation if he has his own stem cells preserved. In cases of emergency, the cord blood you had preserved for him will be able to save him at this hour of need.

Some diseases which can be cured by cord blood stem cells are Leukemia, Plasma Cell Disorders, Stem Cell Disorders, Congenital (Inherited) Immune System Disorder, Inherited Erythrocyte Abnormalities, Inherited Platelet Abnormalities, Ovarian Cancer etc.

If there has been history of some particular disease or genetic disease in the family, then it becomes necessary for the expected parents to plan for Umbilical Cord Banking of their child. In case any kind of disease appears in your child, at any point of life your child will always have a health insurance in the form of his cord blood cells.

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