• Cord Blood Banking FAQs for Parents

    Cord blood banking is the latest innovation in health technology. But is it for you? Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions.
    by Justine Camacho-Tajonera .
  • Cord blood banking is an option for any family today that wasn’t available twenty years ago. Read some cord blood banking FAQs just for parents and consider the benefits for your own family. 
     
    What is cord blood?
     
    Corld blood is the blood that remains in your newborn’s umbilical cord after the cord has been cut. Doctors have identified that cord blood, like bone marrow, is a rich source of stem cells, which an be used in medical treatments. Cord blood is routinely discarded after birth, but a process known as cord blood banking allows families to save this valuable resource for future medical use.
     
    What diseases can be treated with cord blood?
     
    Like bone marrow, cord blood has a role in the helping the immune and blood system after chemotherapy, bone marrow failure, immune deficiencies, hemoglobinopathies and metabolic disorders. Some clinical results also suggest that cord blood can be useful in the treatment of cerebral palsy and other neuorological disorders and injuries, Type 1 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
     
    What is cord blood banking and how is it done?
     
    Cord blood banking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for parents to save the stem scells found in the blood of their newborn’s umbilical cord after it has been clamped and cut. Once the cord blood has been collected, it is sent to a laboratory for processing and storage and liquid nitrogen vapor.
     
    How long can cord blood be stored?
     
    Current data shows that cord blood stem cells stored for at least 15 years have the same composition as they did when they were stored. As long as they are continuously stored at liquid nitrogen temperatures, it will not lose viability or biological activity.
     
    How likely will my family need stem cells?
     
    The science of stem cell therapy is expanding rapidly, so it is difficult to accurately calculate the odds that a family will use the cord blood or benefit from new treatments. Family history is not the only indicator of need, because most forms of leukemia are not hereditary and the causes for many cancers and diseases are unknown.
     
    Why do parents choose to collect and store their baby’s cord blood?
     
    Families recognize that their baby’s cord blood may offer a lifetime of protection:
    The baby’s cord blood may be used to treat nearly 80 diseases. Stem cells have been used for decades in life-saving treatments for diseases including leukemia, other cancers, and blood disorders.Cord blood stem cells are showing significant potential to treat conditions that have no cure today like juvenile diabetes and brain injury.The baby’s cord blood is immediately available for the family if needed, and faster treatment is always better. 

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    How much does cord blood banking cost?
     
    With CordLife Medical Philippines, CordLife customers pay an upfront collection, processing and first year storage fee upon sign-up. Subsequently, each year’s annual fee is USD 250. You do not have to pay a collection fee to your OB-Gyne.
    Apart from these cord blood banking FAQs, Find out what TV/ Movie Actress, Giselle Sanchez has to say about cord blood banking .
     
    About CordLife Medical Philippines, Inc.
     
    Operational since 2005 as a sales office, CordLife Medical Philippines, Inc. officially opened the country’s first and only cord blood processing and storage facility located in Metro Manila in 2010. The world-class facility is registered with the Department of Health and is built in accordance with global gold standards such as the American Association of Blood Banks and ISO. The facility operates 365 days a year and offers the world’s only fully automated cord blood processing system, SEPAX, with a storage capacity for more than 20,000 cord blood units. CordLife Medical Philippines Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of CordLife Limited. For more information, please visit www.cordlife.com.


    SOURCE: CordLife & You Magazine, Inaugural Issue, Oct-Dec., 2009 Issue citing An OB’s Guide to Cord Blood Banking, Contemporary OB/GYN, 2008.
     

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