Becoming a parent means making a promise – a commitment to helping provide your child with everything they need to succeed in this world. It means doing your best to care for your child no matter what the future holds.
Banking cord blood and cord tissue with Insception Lifebank, Canada’s largest cord blood program, offers you a concrete way to keep this commitment to your child. Not only is it an investment in your baby’s future but also an investment in the health of your family.
Here are 6 reasons to bank cord blood and cord tissue for your baby
1. Today, cord blood is used in the treatment of over 80 life threatening diseases
The cord blood stem cells found in your baby’s banked cord blood have the unique ability to mature and develop into all types of blood cells. They can be used for transplantation in place of bone marrow in the treatment of over 80 diseases including cancers, genetic diseases, immune deficiencies and blood disorders.28 Cord blood stem cells have been used in more than 30,000 transplants worldwide to date.7
2. Cord Tissue offers a new range of possibilities
While parents have been banking cord blood stem cells for over 18 years now expectant parents can also bank a segment of their baby’s umbilical cord, which is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The stem cells from cord tissue are different from those collected from cord blood, and they may have future potential to help repair and heal the body. Clinical trials have been initiated to investigate the potential of MSCs from several different tissues in a variety of therapeutic areas, including:
- Autoimmune disorders – Crohn’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Cardiovascular disease
- Liver disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Bone and cartilage repair
Although scientists are optimistic that new cutting-edge therapies will result from cord tissue research, the application of cord tissue MSCs is in the early stage of clinical development.
3. Public Banking Limitations
In 2013 Canadian Blood Services began accepting anonymous donations from women delivering at four hospitals:
- Ottawa — at the Ottawa Hospital General and Civic campuses
- Brampton (Greater Toronto Area) — at the William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital
- Edmonton — at the Alberta Health Services’ Lois Hole Hospital for Women
- Vancouver — at the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
If you are delivering at a different hospital, you will not be able to donate to the National Public cord Bank. Also, since donated units are listed on an international registry, they may not be available for your family if ever a medical need arises.
4. A perfect match for your child, and potential match for a sibling
In addition to investing in your baby’s future, banking your child’s cord blood could help your whole family, too. Banking your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue guarantees a perfect genetic match for your child, lowers the chance of transplant rejection and may even provide a suitable match for a family member in need. Furthermore, not only does banking your baby’s cord blood with Insception Lifebank ensure that the ongoing medical history of the donor known to the family but also that the sample is available immediately, if needed.
5. Low Risk, High Reward
Banking these precious resources is a monumental investment in your baby’s future with a risk-free collection process. Cord blood stem cells have the potential to treat an ever-growing list of illnesses. Clinical trials are underway around the world to determine whether cord blood may be useful in the treatment of many diseases including: Autism, Acquired Hearing Loss, Type 1 Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Brain Injury, Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, Metabolic Disorders and Spinal Cord Injury.8 While the clinical development of cord tissue MSCs is at the early stage, the field of regenerative medicine is advancing steadily. Banking both cord blood and cord tissue today is an investment in tomorrow.
6. Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
Some opportunities only come around once in a lifetime. Banking cord blood and cord tissue for your baby is an opportunity that won’t come again. These precious resources hold a world of possibility and have the potential to provide for your baby’s ongoing good health. Insception Lifebank is committed to helping parents do the most they can to protect and nurture their baby. Banking cord blood with Insception Lifebank means that, should the unthinkable happen to your child or a family member, you have options. You have hope.
Learn more about banking your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue with Insception Lifebank. If you have questions about banking or the cost, don’t hesitate to reach out – Insception Lifebank is reachable by phone or email.
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