If you are a parent, you have many things to think about your child. One such thing is the blood that comes from the child’s umbilical cord. The umbilical cord connects the baby to her mother while and acts as a medium for feeding the child.
Traditionally, the umbilical cord was thrown away after birth, although things have changed today where most parents keep the blood as a sign of their child’s future.
What is its use?
First, it’s essential to understand that the umbilical cord fluid has a lot of stem cells, which can be used in treating diseases like cancer, immune system disorders, and anemia, which lower the immune system that defends the body from attack. The collection of this fluid is very simple and has more than ten times more stem cells compared to the ones collected from the bone marrow.
How to get it
If parents want their child’s blood to be stored immediately after birth, the medical assistant will clamp the umbilical cord in 2 places that are about 10 inches apart and then slowly and accurately cut the cord, thereby separating the mother from the baby.
After this, he or she collects 40mls of the blood using a needle. However, the cord blood bank can also send some tubes that will get even the mother’s blood.
Where the blood is stored
There are only 3 stem cells banks available as follows:
1. Public cord banks
These banks are free of charge, and no storage fee is required. All donations made can be made available for all people who need it. However, cord blood can be used for research purposes.
2. Private cord banks
These banks store the donated blood for family members use only. They charge a small processing and storage fee, although they sometimes tend to be expensive.
3. Direct donation banks
These banks are a combination of both public and private banks that store cord blood for use by the general public. They don’t have any service fees.