Did you know that we have long considered waste could save your life, your child’s or even that of a stranger through placenta cord banking storage?
Day of the birth of your baby, you will probably be overrun with visions and hopes for your child and your new family. The idea that your little one is possibly suffering from a serious illness likely will cross your mind. Unfortunately, this possibility exists. That’s why some parents are choosing to collect the cord blood of their newborn to retain for such an eventuality. Others make donation to one day save the life of a stranger! To make the point, here are some questions and answers.
What is so important in the umbilical cord blood?
The blood contained in the umbilical cord and is collected at birth is rich in stem cells formed during embryonic development.
What is a stem cell?
Stem cells are cells “mothers” from which all other blood cells, that is to say, the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, is develop. For example, if we inject stem cells to a child with leukemia stem cells will go to stand in her bone marrow inside the bone, and will fill gaps in the system or even recreate his bloodstream full !
Why should we use these stem cells?
When developing a blood disease, the patient’s cells are infected, even those of the bone marrow, thus unusable in the vast majority of cases. He must then try to find a compatible bone marrow donor, which can often be very difficult, if not impossible, in a short time. For example, the United States last year, there were more than 20 000 deaths case awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
How Cord Blood is it taken?
At birth, the cord is clamped and cut to extract the maximum cord blood to the placenta. Uterine contractions putting pressure on the placenta to expel will help to clear it through the cord directly into the sampling bag, and this by a needle attached to the umbilical vein. The process takes just minutes and is designed to collect the maximum of placental blood, or about 150 milliliters. If it is not removed, it is discarded with the placenta. What we do with the cord blood once it is collected? Cord blood is stored in liquid nitrogen at temperatures from -160 ° to -195 °. It retains its properties for several years, about 10 years.