Cord Stem Cells
Where Do They Come From?
Before birth babies produce blood cells that pass through the baby’s body, umbilical cord and placenta. These blood cells transport oxygen and vital nutrients from the mother to the baby. When this baby is born the doctors cut the umbilical cord from the child and placenta. Then the umbilical cord and placenta are usually discarded. We now know that these after birth materials contain stem cells. These stem cells can be stored and later used to help replenish blood cells to people with certain diseases.
Can Possibly Treat;
and many other blood diseases.
Private Banks vs. Public
Public Bank Benefits
-Accessible to those in need
-Can be used for research purposes
-Less paper work
-Know cells are stored properly
-You become eligible to get cells if ever in need
-If you receive cells from a public bank you will receive enough
Public Bank Disadvantages
-Aren’t guaranteed to get your cells
-You may not receive cells
Private Bank Benefits
-Can guarantee you get your own cells
-May lower insurance rates
Private Bank Disadvantages
-Many cells go unused
-Storage techniques may be questionable
-Aren’t guaranteed enough cells