Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cord Blood, Placenta Blood & Tissue Banking - What Is It, And Why Is It Important?



Among the many brochures congratulating us about becoming a parent and variety of health literature in your Dr.'s office, you may have noticed one that mentioned cord blood banking. In all honesty, it may not be your first choice read upon taking the dreaded glucose test, but it is definitely one that deserves a closer look...


Why Is Cord Blood, Placenta Blood, and Tissue Banking So Vital?


Stem cells in cord blood have transformative potential and have been used to treat over 30,000 patients worldwide. It’s been shown that using a higher number of stem cells in a transplant leads to better engraftment and survival. Did you know that you can preserve significantly MORE of your baby’s stem cells by adding placenta blood banking to your cord blood collection?

Banking the most stem cells can be critical and only through banking both cord and placenta blood do you have this opportunity. Numerous studies published in top medical journals have shown that transplanting more stem cells significantly increases success and transplant survival rates. In fact, customers who bank placenta blood in addition to cord blood with LifebankUSA preserve 60%-70% more CD34+ stem cells – the cells that are the most important for rebuilding diseased blood with healthy blood.


Every day, parents are choosing to bank their child’s cord blood because they know these powerful cells could one day be used to save a close family member’s life. Parents choose to also bank placenta blood with LifebankUSA to make their cord blood collection even more powerful, providing them with even greater peace of mind [T1].

LifebankUSA is the only cord blood bank with proprietary technology offering [T1] placenta blood banking with cord blood banking to expectant parents. We are also the only company in the world to release placenta stem cell units for transplant.

Your child is being born into a world of extraordinary possibilities that include the enormous potential of stem cell banking. Make the most of this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity by choosing LifebankUSA and add placenta blood banking to your cord blood collection, for a very real, proven layer of protection for you and your family.

"LifebankUSA is a pioneer in placenta-stem cell technology. Our stem cell banking program meets and exceeds the highest standards in the industry-and we are the only company that can provide access to technology that allows you to boost the number of cells you can recover after birth."Robert Hariri, MD, PhD CEO and Founder of LifebankUSA




Frequently Asked Questions

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the building blocks of the body's blood, tissues, and organs. They have the ability to transform into other types of cells and replenish themselves as needed. Stem cells can be used to replace other cells in the body that are abnormal or have been destroyed by disease. In fact, stem cell transplants have already become the standard of care for many life-threatening blood disorders.


What is regenerative medicine?

This new science involves replacing or repairing damaged tissues and organs, and restoring their critical functions. Through regenerative medicine, stem cells found in cord blood may lead to new treatments for type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and many other diseases. Studies now show that cells called mesenchymal cells may prove useful in regenerative treatments. Placental and cord blood banking ensures that more mesenchymal-like cells are available to your family for potential use in new treatments that may emerge.


Is the collection process safe?

Absolutely. The entire process is performed by your own health care provider, is noninvasive, and only takes about 5 minutes. Once your baby is born and the umbilical cord has been cut, your health care provider will collect blood from the cord. If you are banking placental stem cells, the entire placenta will be collected separately and placed into a special bag. The collection kit will then be transported by express delivery to the LifebankUSA laboratories for processing and preservation. The stem cells will be "cryopreserved" in a vapor-phase liquid-nitrogen storage tank that is continuously monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the time when your family may need them.


If someone from my family needs a transplant, couldn’t we use stem cells from a public bank?

It's possible. However, a successful transplant requires that the patient and the donor have closely matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types. HLA types are inherited from your parents. Because public banks rely on donations of cord blood, they cannot guarantee that a good HLA match will be available. In fact, many patients who need stem cell transplants don't receive them because they are unable to find a suitable match from a public bank. Private banking ensures that you have immediate access to a 100% HLA match for your child. And your baby's stem cells have a much greater likelihood of providing a good match for other close blood relatives.


What diseases can be treated with stem cells?

To date, stem cells found in cord blood have been used to treat 80 diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. But the new science of regenerative medicine is finding new uses for stem cells. In fact, regenerative medicine may someday provide groundbreaking treatments for type 1 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and many other diseases.


To find  answers to more commonly asked questions, click HERE.





In efforts to share the benefits of banking placenta stem cell blood, LifebankUSA wants to give parents the chance to win one of THREE Graco 4everTM 4-in-1 Car Seats (valued at $330 each) in a random drawing from entrants in their Facebook contest, definitely a must-have on every baby shower registry!




To enter this giveaway, click HERE or on the image above.
Giveaway ends on 5/29/15 & winners will be selected at random by 6/5/15.


I want to know, have you considered cord blood banking? What are your thoughts?



Disclosure : This is a sponsored post and I will receive some form of compensation, however I do include personal opinions that are my own and not share any information that I do not believe is beneficial to my readers. 

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