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Cord Blood Banking

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There is a new way to save and change lives out there!  It's easy, fast and pain-free.  Cord blood banking is the new trend in blood banking.  An investment in your family's future or a donation that will change another person's life forever.

Cord blood is the blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born.  It contains stem cells that may be frozen and preserved to be used at a later date for medical purposes.  This blood contains a rich source of “Master Cells” that forms or can fix organ tissues, blood and the immune system.  Cord blood is like bone marrow and can be used for a variety of medical treatments.

Saving cord blood is simple and usually takes less than 5 minutes.  It is collected right after birth when the umbilical cord has been cut.  They take the remaining blood in the cord and draw it into a bag.  It's that simple and you could be saving a life or fixing someones health issue.  If the cord blood is not saved it is just discarded as medical waste.

The list of uses for cord blood is huge.  It includes cancers and blood disorders.  Cord blood banking was first made available in the early 90’s.  At that time there were less than 10 diseases that were treatable with cord blood stem cells.  Now in the year 2010, there are almost 80 serious diseases that can be helped.  There is also research being done to see if cord blood can be used to repair tissues by inducing healing or regeneration of cells.  There are experimental therapies to treat Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and Juvenile Diabetes.

This is newborn stem cell preservation.  Cord blood does NOT contain embryonic stem cells.  It requires a live child birth.  The embryonic stem cells are from aborted fetuses and donated embryos.  Cord and placenta blood banking is 100% legal and does not cross ethical and or religious ground associated with embryonic stem cell research.

There are 3 options for a baby's cord blood.  There is family banking, public donation and cord blood disposal.  There are 2 types of Blood Banks.  They are family banks and public banks.  The public banks do not charge for a donation.  The family banks do charge, but the prices vary.  There are many websites available to get free information from and there are websites that have contests, entries and registrations to get cord blood banking for free.  Some freebie sites have you register and then someone will call you and discuss options with you also.  If you are an interested in cord blood banking visit some of the websites for more information.  Remember, it could save someone you love or yourself.  Don't let it go to waste.

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