Introduction to Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is an increasingly popular health option amongst expectant parents in the United States and Canada. Cord blood banking was initially available only to expectant parents with a child afflicted by a disease such as cancer. Increasingly, expectant parents with healthy families are beginning to recognize that cord blood banking is an important preventative health option, and can put themselves in a position to take advantage of emerging technologies that will revolutionize medical treatment in the upcoming decade.
Although the number of parents choosing to bank their newborn's cord blood has doubled in the past five years as more families are becoming aware of this technology, over 98% of expectant parents become aware of cord blood banking only after child-birth, when their newborn's cord blood has been discarded and no longer recoverable. As a new and promising medical option, there is important information about cord blood banking that every expectant parent should be informed before making decision on whether to bank their newborn's cord blood.
By storing your child's cord blood, you are storing stem cells with regenerative capabilities. Currently, over 50 of diseases can be treated with cord blood, but scientists predict that stem cell treatment will become increasingly frequent as cord blood stem cells research is performed, with some experts suggesting that stem cell treatment may be commonly used for many major diseases within a decade.
This website addresses important questions for expectant parents to consider. Questions such as: "What is cord blood?", to "Should we bank our child's cord blood?", and "What are some important points for us to consider?", are addressed by scientists and physicians on our public advisory board.