With advancements in technology and medical science, it is now possible for parents these days to save cord blood of their new born babies. It is a new technique that has been aggressively researched in the field of medicine and hundreds of diseases have been cured using stem cells derived from the cord blood. It is easier to get the stem cells if cord blood of a person has been saved at the time of the birth. It is like a life insurance policy which will surely reap its benefits if ever needed in future.
Parents these days spend insane amounts of money on raising their children. Investing money on this procedure is negligible if compared to all these expenses.
There are various benefits of preserving stem cells and the following are a few of them:
Easily Available in Time of Emergency
Stem cells have certain requirements for a perfect match. Preserving a baby’s cord blood ensures a perfect match for his/her lifetime. In case of emergency, parents don’t have to run from one center to another in need of stem cells. They will be readily available in time of need and may be helpful for an immediate sibling as well. There are 25% chances for a perfect match for a sibling and it is more successful because the stem cells derived from a sibling are disease free and there are fewer complications involved in the procedure.
No Loss of Time
Time on hand is as it is less in such complications and finding a perfect match for stem cells may take a lot of time and money. It may increase the complications till a match is found but saving the cord blood of a person lessens the time involved in the procedure and benefits the patient.
Stem cells can also be derived from a person’s bone marrow but there are certain complications attached to the extraction and also they might be contaminated. Stem cells derived from cord blood are less contaminated than the stem cells derived from bone marrow. Less contamination of the stem cells fastens the procedure of the surgery.
Applicable in the Field of Regenerative Medicine
Stem cells are the latest study in the field of medicine. Scientists and doctors are constantly involved in the research for the usage of stem cells. Rebuilding of cardiac tissues, injuries to the spinal cord are also being taken care of by stem cell use in the regenerative medicines used for treating these diseases. Diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are also being treated with the help of stem cells. In the early stages of these diseases, there are very bright results with the use of these medicines.
It is an easy procedure to extract stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Stem cell extraction from bone marrow on the other hand is a very tedious procedure and involves anesthesia and other risks.
Storing cord blood is the future of the next generation and is an essential part of a baby’s future.