When it comes to parenting, there are many decisions you have to make regarding your child’s health and wellbeing. One that isn’t that well know about and one that has only recently been brought to my attention is stem cell collection at birth. It’s a slightly controversial topic so I don’t wish to cause any offence, but I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts.
Not many mothers know that they can choose to have their umbilical cord blood collected and stored at birth, I certainly didn’t, but Smart Cells – a stem cell storage company – believes it’s something we should all be considering.
So, what are stem cells?
Stem cells are biological cells found in the body that serve as a repair and maintenance system for other body cells and the blood and immune systems by multiplying and transforming into blood, bone, tissue and organ cells, when they are required to.
What is stem cell collection at birth?
Stem cell collection is a quick and painless procedure that involves collecting blood from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth and storing it for future medical use. Cord blood is a rich source of powerful and life-saving stem cells that can be used to treat diseases of the blood and immune system.
What are stem cells used for?
Stem cells are already being used in treatment and for research in a wide range of conditions and illnesses including but not limited to Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, Sickle Cell Disease, Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Spinal Cord Injuries and Thalassemia.
What are the benefits of collecting stem cells at birth?
For a number of families, there is a medical reason why collecting stem cells from the umbilical cord at birth could be helpful. For example, there may be a family history of a genetic disorder, or a sibling may have a blood or immune disorder that could improve with stem cell transplantation. Stem cells are the building blocks of the blood and immune system. They have the ability to develop into other types of cells, so they can help repair tissues, organs, and blood vessels and can be used to treat a host of diseases.
What are your views on Stem Cell Collection at birth?
Have a watch of this video from Smart Cells and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.