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Umbilical Cord Banking


Expecting? Should you bank your baby's cord blood? Many parents are confronted with this dilemma.


When we first envision giving birth to a wonderful baby, the last thing on our minds is making a provision in case he ever suffers from a deadly or debilitating disease. Unpleasant though the thought may seem, many parents are giving it serious thought and making stem cell banking their first investment towards their baby's future.

Umbilical cord banking is relatively new in the field of medical science, and newer still in India. Although we do know that stem cells found in the cord blood can help cure a number of diseases, we don't really know enough to help us make an informed decision.

Banking your baby's cells doesn't come cheap, but many parents take it as a biological insurance. The question is, how much of insurance is this really?


What are stem cells?


Stem cells are master cells that act as the building blocks of our bodies, and are found in the blood in the umbilical cord. They are capable of regenerating or reproducing more than 200 types of tissues, and can thus cure a number of diseases. Although private banks claim that cord blood helps cure leukaemia and other genetic diseases (which is a fact), they don't state that your child's own cord blood cannot help him in such cases, and he will require donor cord blood. It will help in treating other diseases though.

When you bank your baby's umbilical cord blood that contains stem cells, you are paying for it to be kept for your child in the event he may require it in the future. Although these cells can be used to help cure a number of diseases, if you don't bank them it doesn't mean other treatment options will not be available to your child.


Will the cells help my child his entire life?

Cells obtained from your umbilical cord alone may not be enough to treat adults - at least, not for all diseases. So although you may be lead to believe that the cells provide insurance for the family, in reality they may only help your children while they are still young. Research in this field is definitely on in full force, and we don't know enough. It is possible that many more uses may be discovered.


Does my child require only his stem cells?

No. Your child could very well accept a stranger's stem cells obtained from a donor in a public bank, and there is a much lower chance of mismatch since these cells are very flexible and can easily adapt to another body. Stem cell research is still in its infancy and only just picking up. It is very possible that these cells will be widely available through donors a few years down the line.


Who should consider banking their child's cord blood?

If you have a child belonging to a mixed race, since finding matching stem cells could pose a problem.

If you have a present or potential need for cord blood - for example, your first child may have a disease that could be cured by cord blood of your next child. Perhaps your brother's diabetes could be cured by your baby's cord blood… But remember, if you want to save your baby’s cord blood, you need to make all the necessary arrangements beforehand itself as baby’s umbilical cords are discarded immediately after delivery.

If at all you decide to go for cord blood banking, make sure that you choose the right cord blood bank. Ensure that such bank is renowned and has got right facilities to do stem cell therapy. Its connections with hospitals and ease of access during an emergency should also be considered.

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Devyani.2 years ago
The chances of baby using stem cells from their own umbilical cord storage are as slim as 0.04%. Undoubtedly there is a lot of research being done and stem cell therapy has a future, but most treatments are still in trial phases with very few proven success stories.
As parent everyone wants to do what’s best for their children. One should definitely opt for cord blood banking. A good option would be to store it in a public bank rather than private banking.

to read the details you can go to my blog
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rafeuddin.2 years ago
what is the cost of one unit of cord blood in India
 
 
 
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Devyani.2 years ago
The chances of baby using stem cells from their own umbilical cord storage are as slim as 0.04%. Undoubtedly there is a lot of research being done and stem cell therapy has a future, but most treatments are still in trial phases with very few proven success stories. As parent everyone wants to do what’s best for their children. One should definitely opt for cord blood banking. A good option would be to store it in a public bank rather than private banking. to read the details you can go to my blog smileandbealive.blogspot.in/2015/06/about-stem-cell-banking-what-private.html
 
 
 
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Reena Mehta.3 years ago
Hi All, I am expecting my first baby and one of my friends asked me if I have picked a cord blood banking service yet. Until now have taken 3 presentations from various banks and my inclination is towards Babycell. Any inputs from users who have been through this entire process?
 
 
 
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Devyani.2 years ago
The chances of baby using stem cells from their own umbilical cord storage are as slim as 0.04%. Undoubtedly there is a lot of research being done and stem cell therapy has a future, but most treatments are still in trial phases with very few proven success stories. As parent everyone wants to do what’s best for their children. One should definitely opt for cord blood banking. A good option would be to store it in a public bank rather than private banking. to read the details you can go to my blog smileandbealive.blogspot.in/2015/06/about-stem-cell-banking-what-private.html
 
 
 
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Reena.3 years ago
Hi All,I am expecting my first baby and one of my friends asked me if I have picked a cord blood banking service yet. Until now have taken 3 presentations from various banks and my inclination is towards Babycell. Any inputs from users who have been through this entire process?
 
 
 
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Rina Sagare.4 years ago
Hi All,

I have banked my baby's cord and cord blood as we have family history of diabetes and hypertension from my husband side and hypertension & Alziemer from my side.

I have studied the genetic engineering as well as biotechnology in my education. So I was fairly inforemed about the pros and cons of stem cell banking. What I would suggest each and every one of the expecting parents to,
1. Do thorough study of this technology.
2. Check the Bank if they can provide you the cells on demand in India or not.
3. Check their response time before taking the decision.
4. If you have family history of any incurable disease which potentially can be treated by stems cells, then you shoud go for it. Otherwise, take expert advise.
5. As diabetes and other silent killers can be treated with this, there is still no 100 % guarantee, so discuss with your family regarding money investment in this (as this does not come cheap).

I hope this is informative.

Thanks and Regards,
Rina Sagare.
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Rina Sagare.4 years ago
Hi All,

I have banked my baby's cord and cord blood as we have family history of diabetes and hypertension from my husband side and hypertension & Alziemer from my side.

I have studied the genetic engineering as well as biotechnology in my education. So I was fairly inforemed about the pros and cons of stem cell banking. What I would suggest each and every one of the expecting parents to,
1. Do thorough study of this technology.
2. Check the Bank if they can provide you the cells on demand in India or not.
3. Check their response time before taking the decision.
4. If you have family history of any incurable disease which potentially can be treated by stems cells, then you shoud go for it. Otherwise, take expert advise.
5. As diabetes and other silent killers can be treated with this, there is still no 100 % guarantee, so discuss with your family regarding money investment in this (as this does not come cheap).

I hope this is informative.

Thanks and Regards,
Rina Sagare.
 
 
 
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Santhoshiny.6 years ago
Hi Sneha,

Congratulations on your new born.
How much did it cost you to store your baby's stem cells?
 
 
 
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.6 years ago
pls give a clear idea of diseases that will be treatable,percentage of matching to siblings and how many time the person can use when their babies cord blood is stored
 
 
 
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Mrs Aditi Karnik.7 years ago
I congrats Sneha for her wise decission going for stem cells banking with cordlife India .
 
 
 
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sneha.7 years ago
A really nice article. I delivered on 18th Feb, decided to bank my baby's stem cells at birth with CordLife India, the international bank operating in India. They are headquartered and managed operationally by CordLife Singapore. We decided to go with them because of their outstanding services and facilities provided. Each & every parent should consider this subject very seriously before delivery as this is once in a lifetime opportunity!
 
 
 
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