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Why Should You Bank Your Baby's Cord Blood and Cord Tissue?

Sunday, November 18, 2018


Most of us parents to get more interested and start refreshing our basic school knowledge on pregnancy, delivery and baby development when we first become pregnant.

When I was pregnant with Anabela we did cord blood and cord tissue collection and it was truly quick and easy process, I talked about it a bit in my blog post The Best Pregnancy Tips By Trimester.

To provide you with accurate and trusted information about this important topic which often comes with some controversy, I interviewed the doctor Ann Smith from Smart Cells team and also enriched this post with useful information provided from their press release.

WHAT IS THE CORD BLOOD AND THE CORD TISSUE?

We do know that the umbilical cord (basically, a tube which connects the fetus with the placenta) is responsible for providing oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the growing embryo.

After the baby is born, umbilical cord is cut. But even after the birth of the baby, there will be some amount of blood remaining in the umbilical cord and in the placenta. This blood is called cord blood (CB) or placental blood. Around 180 ml of cord blood can be collected right after the birth of the baby.

"Not just the cord blood, but the cord tissue also contains Mesenchymal stem cells."

"Umbilical cord blood and tissue are both a rich source of, particularly potent stem cells. A cord blood stem cell transplant can be used to replace diseased cells with healthy new cells and rebuild an individual’s blood and immune system."; said, Dr. Smith.

WHAT ARE THE STEM CELLS?

Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent stromal cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including bone cells (osteoblasts), cartilage cells (chondrocytes), muscle cells (myocytes) and fat cells (adipocytes).

"Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells and cord tissue is rich in mesenchymal stem cells which means they have varying clinical uses." Dr. Ann Smith continued.

WHAT MAKES THE UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD SO VALUABLE?

 The presence of blood-forming hematopoietic stem cells that offer a life-saving status to the cord blood.

WHAT IS THE CHANCE OF A MATCH FOR YOUR CHILD OR HER SIBLING? 

The sample is a 100% match for the baby and can also potentially be used for a sibling transplant. Siblings have a 1 in 4 chance of matching and it can potentially match other family members too.

HOW IS THE PROCESS DONE AND WHEN SHOULD PARENTS GET THE COLLECTION SET?

It is ideal to book the service 4-6 weeks before the baby’s due date. The process is very straightforward and once you have made your decision and confirmed your booking, the Smart Cells team will organize and send a stem cell collection kit to your home.

The sample is collected straight after the birth and is performed by a trained and licensed healthcare professional. This could be a private obstetrician or midwife or an assigned phlebotomist depending on your hospital.

Once the sample is collected it will be picked up by a courier and brought to our laboratory ready for processing and storage.

WHAT ARE THE AVERAGE COSTS OF COLLECTION AND STORAGE?

The average cost of the umbilical cord blood and cord tissue service is £2545 with annual fees applied as required. I hope you got enough information in this post to make an educated decision on the cord blood and cord tissue collection. 

           If you do not choose to collect it, it gets thrown into the trash and it can possibly be life-saving for your children or family members. We all think serious illness will not happen to our family but unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. 

The medicine is progressing very fast, stem cells are already used to treat most serious illnesses with great results, the price you pay for 20-30 year storage is very cheap in comparison to the pain and suffering of having a seriously ill child.

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2 fabulous comments

  1. We were planning to store the cord blood and I had the kit ordered but as my baby came so suddenly we didn't get to bring kit on time to hospital. If we have another baby I definitely plan to do it. Great post!
    - Ivana, New York

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  2. My work colleague had cord blood stored and unfortunately their little guy ended up needing it preety soon. This is such a smart thing to do it can truly save a life! Claire

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