The Pros And Cons Of Cord Blood Banking
There are so many decisions to be made when you are expecting a baby, and the one that may potentially have most impact on the life of your kid is the decision whether to store its umbilical cord blood or not. Even after going through and understanding what cord blood banking is and why it is so important, it may still be difficult to decide. Listing the pros and cons can help you make wise decisions. Here are the pros and cons of cord blood banking:
It will always be easy to access your own cord blood. This only applies if you pay to have your blood stored at a private bank. This blood is reserved for your family; no one can use or access it. It will never be donated to research or allotted to any other family. On the other hand, if you donate cord blood to a public bank, anybody who’s in need of compatible cord blood can use it; there is no guarantee that it’ll be available when and if you
- It’s easy :
Unlike the other procedures that claim to painless and easy, this one is actually easy. It only takes a few seconds to collect cord blood and this is done after cutting the umbilical cord, so there is no pain for the baby or the mother. Cord blood collection is not in any way affected by delayed cord clamping. It’s recommended that your healthcare providers don’t alter cord clamping practices.
- High Stem cell quality
Umbilical cord is among the richest resources for stem cells. Although it’s possible to get stem cells from bone marrow, it’s far easier and less painful to collect them from the umbilical cord. In addition, stem cells from umbilical cord are just as brand new as the time they were frozen, meaning you’ll have a quality stem cell resource.
Stem cells that originate from the umbilical cord blood aren’t as mature as the ones that originate from adult donors, transplanting them is most likely to be successful. Plus the risk of your body rejecting transplant cells is low, since recipient is likely using his own stem cells.
- It’s reliable
Cord blood banking is reliable because it’s safe, less painful and easy to collect. It’s also seen as a long term investment. Tracey Milan from New York spent money to bank her child’s cord blood. But six months after delivery, Keith was diagnosed with osteopetrosis, a rare condition that causes blindness, makes the body to produce excess bone and may lead to death if not treated. Milan says she felt lucky because she had banked his cord blood at a private company. osteopetrosis is among eighty rare conditions listed by several cord blood companies as curable with stem cells.
- Treatable diseases
Cord blood is marketed as a cure for conditions such as sickle cell disease and leukemia. It’s also a rich source of cells for regenerative medicine. Cord blood cells are being used cure blood disorders like anemia. Research is also underway to find out if it can be used to treat type A diabetes.
- Most stored cord blood is destroyed
At the public cord banks, a unit cord blood is likely to be used as a stem cell research or used to help an ailing kid. On the other hand, at private cord banks, they will eventually discard cord blood that is unwanted by the
- Its cost
If you decide to bank your baby’s cord blood privately, you will part with $2000 to $3000 for initial fee and additional $100 annually for storage. Although private cord blood banking comes with lots of benefits to your family as well as your baby, the above banking and storage figures are too high for most families. However many expecting mothers sees it as an investment in their children’s long-time health.
- It won’t cure everything
Whilst some miraculous treatments for a wide range of diseases have already been developed, stem cell therapy will not be able to treat everything. Your kid’s own stem cells will not be much use if he suffers from a genetic disease, since stem cells won’t contain same genes as the kid.
- It won’t treat everyone
At the moment, majority of treatments using umbilical cord blood are performed on children because not enough stem cells can be got to cure adults in many cases. Supply of umbilical cord is limited, and it may not be sufficient to cure your baby if he requires stem cell therapy as an adult.