Why Store Stem Cells?
Stem cells can be potentially used to treat many life-threatening diseases. With breakthroughs being discovered in stem cell research every year, cord blood stem cells could hold the key to your baby’s future health.
Since cord blood can only be collected right after birth, collecting and storing the stem cells from your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a precious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Other reasons include:
- The potential use as treatment option for more than 70 diseases.
- The potential to save another family member’s life. Siblings and parents have relatively higher chance of matching their DNA to use the stem cells, compared to unrelated donors.
- Cord blood stem cells are preferred over adult stem cells for treatment.
- The collection process of cord blood is simple, painless and harmless to both the mother and newborn baby.
- Up to 70% of people who need bone marrow transplants cannot find a compatible donor. Bone marrow transplant is essentially stem cell transplant. Banking your baby’s stem cells improves the odds of having a proper match for your baby or another family member.
- Finding a proper match is especially problematic for people of mixed ethnicity and ethnic minorities.
- In the near future, medical advances may allow stem cells to be used in regenerative medicine (growing organs etc).
- Early success in this exciting field has already been achieved by leading scientists internationally, some of whom Cellsafe is proud to be associated with through its International Advisory Panel.