The lifesaving power of cord blood and the regenerative healing potential of cord tissue is no longer a secret. And, as stem cell research and treatments advance, more and more parents are motivated to bank their baby's stem cells.
The reasons to save newborn stem cells are as varied as the families that choose to bank. However there are several common reasons expecting parents decide to save their baby's umbilical cord blood and tissue with a family bank.
- Doctor recommendation
Doctors and medical experts realize the power of newborn stem cells and are recommending family banking to their patients.
- History of family illness
Cord blood is used today to treat many life-threatening diseases including leukemia, certain other cancers, and blood, immune, and metabolic disorders. Your baby's cord blood could be a valuable medical resource for your family.
- Therapies in Development
Current clinical trials are using cord blood in treatments for conditions that can't be predicted based on a family history of disease—like brain injury and acquired hearing loss. For many parents, the future potential of newborn stem cells is a compelling reason to bank.
- Concern about finding a donor match
Ethnic minorities and people of mixed race are at risk of not finding a match using a public bank. Although family banking does not guarantee a match, saving for all of your children increases the likelihood that they may be able to help each other.33
- Adopting a newborn or using donor egg/sperm
When adopting or using donor egg or sperm, you may not have access to a biologically related family member. If your child needs stem cell treatments in the future, banking could be especially valuable.
If you choose not to save your baby's stem cells in a family bank, cord blood donation is a great way to help other families in need.
In Their Own Words
Read why CBR clients chose to store their babies' cord blood and how it has saved lives.