What are the things that you look forward to when you are pregnant? The arrival of your precious little one, the first cuddle, his/her first smile, education, holidays and many life milestones ahead. The last and maybe also the least thing that cross your mind will be your precious little one ever becoming seriously ill.
Some of us will consider the fact that our child is actually very vulnerable and the best gift we can ever give them is a secured future. Today, through science and innovation, we are able to store our baby’s cord blood for future use if the need ever arises.
Cord blood is different from regular blood for several reasons. It's different because it is not aged; it has not been exposed to the environment. That makes a difference because cells in the body have a biological clock that ticks down. When we collect cord blood, we are collecting cells at the early stages of life, when that clock is set at the earliest possible stage.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used to treat nearly 80 diseases(1) with over 35,000 transplants worldwide(2). Cord blood is currently used in the treatment of blood related disorders, such as leukaemia, sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia and some immune system disorder.
Protection for family
When you store your baby’s cord blood, he/she will have a source of stem cells that is of a perfect match (autologous transplantation) with 50% probability of match for the parents and 25% probability of match for its siblings.
Simple, quick and painless
The collection of cord blood stem cells is simple, quick and painless. After the baby is delivered, the doctor will clamp the umbilical cord and separate it from the baby. A needle will then be inserted into the umbilical cord while waiting for the placenta to be detached from the mother. The blood from the umbilical cord will flow into the collection bag within 5 minutes, without interfering or complicating the delivery process.
There is only one opportunity to collect these cells – and that is at the time of birth. Store your baby’s cord blood today for a secured future.