As scientists in the medical field continue to make huge advancements in both the knowledge and treatment technologies associated with various diseases, there become more and more considerations for soon-to-be parents to think about. One of the biggest and most controversial of these considerations lately is the banking of a baby’s umbilical cord blood.
As a parent, it’s wise to consider the reasons for and benefits of stem cell banking preservation these days, as it’s something that could be potentially lifesaving for your child or other members of your family in the future.
Here we examine just what cord blood banking is, as well as some of the biggest reasons to consider cord blood banking for your family:
– What it is: Cord blood banking is a system of banking a collected sample of a child’s umbilical cord blood directly after the baby is born, following the cutting of the umbilical cord. The actual banking is done using cryopreservation, or, cryogenic freezing methods, that maintain the vital functionality of the blood after it’s been processed in a number of ways in a laboratory.