The opportunity to store umbilical cord blood presents itself right after labor and many moms and dads are making the important decision to have that blood frozen as a barrier against any future diseases.
We’ve all seen the stories in the news – too many people are still struggling in the battle against diseases like leukemia. It’s a battle that doesn’t discriminate. Whether the patient is a child, a teenager or an adult, diseases can develop without warning that can threaten their future.
While there are cord blood banks that are open to anyone in need of a donation, the odds of finding a match are extremely difficult, which is why you read about donor drives and people searching for matches in a desperate race to save a loved one.
You may never need to use your banked blood, but if you do and it’s not there, then the health risks just went up. There are many people who think they can’t afford to pay the annual fee to keep the blood stored safely at a private facility but the cost can’t be compared to life.
There’s no cost we wouldn’t pay to help save that special someone. When you store umbilical cord blood, you’re making a deposit that can pay rich dividends to your family in the future.
The FDA is the government watchdog department that ensures that collection of cord blood is done according to regulation. Both the private and public sector of cord blood banks can become accredited should they choose to do so and potential clients can check out one of the banks through the association that offers the credentials.
There are many studies ongoing for the uses of cord blood, and some promising research has shown that it may be effecting in treating strokes and even Type 1 diabetes. There is more than one way to safely collect cord blood, but whatever collection method is used, the decision should be made in advance of delivery.
Many doctors are fans of making donations to public cord blood banks (this is done at no cost to you) and many are seeing the benefit of using a private facility for storage especially in families where there are certain risks such as genetic disorders.
Sometimes when a parent chooses to store umbilical cord blood, they’re completely unaware that in some cases, that donation can offer not just a solution but the only solution to help beat a blood disease in their child.
In situations where certain blood disorders and rare types of cancer occur, public cord blood banks cannot give the answers so desperately needed. You can’t live life looking behind you at what could have/should have been, but you can certainly live it looking forward at what you can do to protect those you love.