When parents are considering banking their cord blood, they often ask if there is a charge to retrieve the cord blood. There should be no cost to retrieve the cord blood. What a cord blood bank might charge you for is shipping of the sample. Since the sample needs to be shipped frozen, you will need to rent a portable nitrogen tank to ship the sample. This money is not for removing the sample from storage, it is a rental fee for the tank. You should always check with your cord blood bank to make sure they will not charge you a handling fee for removing the cord blood from storage.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells may one day be used to build heart valves for children born with heart defects. Ralf Sodian of University Hospital Munich, who led the study, presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting that these valves would grow with the child, eliminating the need for ongoing surgical intervention to replace outgrown heart valves.
This was a very preliminary study, called a concept study. Through the study, researchers demonstrated that it was possible to collect blood from the umbilical cord at birth, harvest the stem cells and create a heart valve that will be available when the baby needs it. Currently, heart valves are replaced using animal valves, donated human valves or artificial valves.
Researchers extracted and froze the stem cells from the cord blood. They later seeded the cells into biodegradable heart valve scaffolds. The cells grew into a tissue layer that was determined to be heart tissue.
While this study shows promise, there is a long way to go before the technique can be tried on patients. Meanwhile, it is exciting to know that this is another potential use for stored cord blood.
Many parents who are considering storing their infant’s cord blood, often wonder how long the cord blood can be saved before it starts to deteriorate. Banking cord blood is a new enough procedure that scientists don’t have an answer to that question yet.
The data for cord blood involves specimens that have been frozen for 10-12 years. In those specimens, there seems to be no deterioration. This doesn’t say that cord blood will not last longer, it just says that there has never been any research conducted on specimens that have been stored longer.
The closest analogy is frozen sperm, and there is a great deal of data using sperm. Researchers have found that with sperm, there is no deterioration after 25-30 years and no expected deterioration after that.
While there is no research with extremely long-term storage with cord blood, there is no reason to believe that it can not be stored indefinitely.
Parents who are deciding whether to bank their baby’s cord blood have so many sources of information, but often don’t know what to believe. While cord blood bank sites can be valuable sources of information, they are first and foremost developed to sell the company’s services so might be considered biased. There is an unbiased source of information that can help parents to determine if cord blood banking is right for them.
The site is the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood. According to its mission statement, the site was developed to provide parents with impartial education about cord blood medical research and cord blood storage options. This site is a great non-commercial resource for information about cord blood banking.
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Cord Blood Registry (CBR) announced that – for the second year in a row – a record number of cord blood stem cell collections stored at CBR have been needed for medical use by the individual child from whom they were collected. In 2007, a total of 16 cord blood collections stored at CBR were requested for medical use. Children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, juvenile diabetes and a rare immune system disorder will benefit from their own stem cells.
Blood from the umbilical cord contains a diverse population of stem cells that have shown an ability to differentiate into almost all of the types of cells that comprise the human body. Cord blood stem cells are increasingly being used in treatments for a wide range of diseases and medical conditions to save and enhance lives.
The company also announced that it anticipates this trend to accelerate.
A scientific analysis published last quarter in Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy estimates that as many as 1 in 3 individuals in the U.S. (or 128 million people) could benefit over their lifetime from applications of regenerative medicine – the use of one’s own stem cells to repair or replace damaged or diseased tissue. Research is also continuing to focus on cord blood as a preferred source of stem cells, because they have demonstrated pluripotency – the ability to develop into almost all of the cell types in the body.
Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) is the world’s largest cord blood stem cell processing and cryopreservation service and offers families guaranteed access to genetically-related stem cells that are viable for potential medical use. CBR was the first family bank accredited by AABB and is the most recommended cord blood bank by obstetricians. To date, CBR has processed and stored cord blood collections for more than 200,000 newborns throughout the world and has released more than 65 client cord blood units for specific therapeutic use – more than any other family cord blood bank. The company’s research and development efforts are focused on helping the world’s leading researchers advance regenerative medical therapies using cord blood stem cells as well as continuing to introduce industry-leading technical innovations for stem cell collection, processing and storage that optimize quality and cell yield. Additionally, CBR facilitates collection of donated samples, available for research programs worldwide that are focused on stem cell expansion and other cord blood stem cell-based therapies.
Article adapted by ProudParenting.com from original press release.
The New York State Assembly announced the passage of A2915-B, the Public and Private Umbilical Cord Blood Banking legislation.
The bill passed the NYS Senate on June 19th, and requires the NYS Department of Health to develop an educational program to make the public aware of umbilical cord banking.
Governor Spitzer needs to sign S1265A into law.
Your opinion is very powerful and your voice is needed. To show your support, please contact Governor Spitzer’s office and ask him to sign S1265A into law so that all expectant parents benefit from understanding their options for cord blood banking.
Here’s are the details for contacting the Governor’s office by e-mail:
1. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Subject Line: Please Support and Sign S1265A Cord Blood Bill
3. It’s important to include your name and address (telephone is optional) so Governor Spitzer knows you are from New York.
4. Example of email letter:
Dear Governor Spitzer,
Stem cells save lives today. Please support and sign into law the cord blood education bill S1265A so that families can make an informed decision regarding their newborn’s cord blood stem cells. Parents have only one chance to make this life-saving decision. Thank you for your support.
[YOUR NEW YORK ADDRESS IF NOT INCLUDED ABOVE]
Bill supporter Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol said, “I believe this bill may be one of the most important we pass for expectant families this year. Many young couples and growing families do yet not know how important it is to consider storing umbilical cord blood after the birth of a child — even though storing umbilical cord blood could be a life saver if someone in their family develops certain serious diseases.”
Umbilical cord blood has shown great benefits to medical research because it is rich in blood stem cells. To date, cord blood stem cells have been used in treating many illnesses and disabilities including leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphomas, inherited red cell cancers and more. The stem cells in cord blood are very important because they make many different types of cells in the body, including blood cells that carry oxygen, fight disease, and help stop bleeding. The cord blood can been transplanted in people to fight disease because it does not need to be perfectly matched to the person who receives it.
Lentol continued, “The option to store blood must become better known. Pregnant women should be receiving information early so they can make an educated decision about whether or not to store their umbilical cord blood after birth, especially since there are now more than 60 diseases that can be helped through cord blood transplantation.”
Lentol concluded, “I am very proud of this legislation. Families need solid reliable information in order to determine what to do with their newborn’s stem cells. This bill will help ensure that happens.”
Stem cells are regarded as an important biological resource, and researchers are conducting numerous studies to learn about their potential. So far, studies suggest that cord blood stem cells may help treat diseases like diabetes, heart and liver disease, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke.
There’s a possibility of stem cell expansion, which may someday enable families who have banked stem cells to use them for multiple treatments or donate stem cells to others.
Because of the possibilities, responsible parents are seeking balanced information about their cord blood banking options.
Protecting your child’s health can be expensive. Let your friends and family help. Cord Blood Registry provides a convenient way for expecting parents to announce to family and loved ones that they have chosen to bank their baby’s umbilical cord blood with CBR, and to invite them to give toward the purchase of this once in a life time opportunity for their baby.
CBR’s online gift registry is available to any enrolled CBR family that has opted for the payment in full or 6 month payment plan (extended plans of 12 months or more are not eligible).
CBR parents who register with the CBR Gift Registry may invite anyone they wish to contribute to their account, including friends, family, shower organizers and guests, co-works, grandparents, and more.
CBR’s online gift registry only accepts contributions online via credit card. However, if a contributor has specific questions about our Gift Registry, they may call CBR and request to be transferred to a Gift Registry Expert.
For more information go to: Cord Blood Registry.
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.