Sickle cell disease, hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors can all be treated with umbilical cord blood stem cells. Nearly 70 diseases, including leukemia, other cancers, and blood disorders can be treated with stem cells. Doctors have been using cord blood in lifesaving treatments since 1988 and stem cell therapies are currently being developed for heart disease, juvenile diabetes, and brain injury.
The Cord Blood Registry allows parents the possibility to save their child’s life by banking the newborn’s cord blood.
What is cord blood?
It’s the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord after it’s been cut. And it’s rich in stem cells – if collected minutes after your baby’s birth. The stem cells are genetically unique to your baby and her genetic family.
Cord blood banking allows the family to have the baby’s cord blood saved for potential medical uses to treat life-threatening diseases. If you do not choose to bank your baby’s cord blood, it will be discarded after birth as it has been for centuries.