What is cord blood banking?
Cord blood banking is storing the umbilical cord blood taken from the baby’s umbilical cord (which is normally discarded anyway). It can be stored in private cord blood banks (paid for) or government cord blood banks (normally free).
h2>Why is umbilical cord blood stored?
The umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, the building blocks of life, which are able to turn into many different types of cells and tissue in the body. They are currently used to treat hundreds of conditions and life threatening diseases.
Who benefits from cord blood banking?
The stem cells taken from cord blood can be used to treat diseases such as leukaemia, sickle cell disease and hundreds of other diseases. They can benefit your children or others.
One fifth of stem cell transplants are done in children and young people with leukaemia. More than 6,000 people are diagnosed with leukaemia each year in the UK alone.
Cord blood transplantations also offer hope for sufferers of other blood disorders such as Blackfan diamond or Fanconi anaemia, sickle cell disease and metabolic disorders such as Hunter syndrome.
Stem cells hold the key to treating incurable illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.