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Why keep stem cells umbilical cord blood? What are the advantages for the future? These are the questions many women ask themselves when they are about to give birth to their babies. Let me tell you something dear future mom, I asked myself those same questions with my first child and with the second.
At the hospital where I was going to give birth, several weeks before, they gave me a form to make my delivery as “personal” as possible. It detailed a series of things to take into account in childbirth and postpartum to be as comfortable as possible, to know everything necessary and also to see what I wanted to do with the stem cells from my umbilical cord blood. baby. The specific question said that if I wanted to preserve the cells or if at least it allowed to donate that blood to science to continue investigating about its properties.
So I asked myself the same question again, Why keep those cells? But this time I went a step further and wanted to see what are the advantages of doing it and how it could help my children in the future. Do not lose detail that what I am going to tell you will surely serve you as much as it served me in its day.
Today it is a topic that is on everyone's lips, in fact, more and more families choose to conserve these cells in case they were of help to treat possible future illnesses of their children. Nobody wants to wonder if their children may have this or that disease in their childhood or in their adult life. But it is true that stem cells from the umbilical cord of the newborn can serve as lifesavers if necessary.
The blood naturally present in the umbilical cord that joins the baby with its mother has a huge amount of stem cells, especially those known as hematopoietic. What can be done with them? According to recent scientific studies, these properly preserved cells have the potential to treat serious diseases such as leukemia, heart problems, lupus, Parkinson's, various immune diseases, and even some types of cancers.
The cells obtained after childbirth have the ability to regenerate blood as well as helping the immune system. Reason why science continues in its study to know all the potential that, little by little, they are showing and being able to offer an effective solution to many diseases.
Let's see now what are the main advantages that we could obtain if we finally decide to preserve the stem cells of the baby's umbilical cord:
1. The possibility of curing diseases in the short or long term
This is the main reason why many parents decide to save newborn stem cells to treat possible diseases.
2. Prevent and detect diseases
Not long ago I read in a magazine that if the baby's umbilical cord blood is analyzed, it is possible to detect and anticipate possible diseases or intolerances. Isn't it amazing?
3. Bet on the future
The potential of these cells is enormous, so much so that science is discovering more and more uses. This is due to the fact that they are young cells with a great capacity to divide and give rise to other cells.
4. Treat sibling illnesses
We have said that stem cells from the umbilical cord of the newborn offer the possibility of treating certain diseases of the little one, but it is that they can also treat those that occur in their siblings as well as in their first degree relatives.
5. It is a painless process
Of course, removing the cells is not painful or dangerous for mom or baby.
There is still a world to explore in the field of medicine and stem cells, but what does seem clear is that they are excellent as an effective alternative therapy.
Let me end by telling you that I don't want to convince you to keep the stem cells from your newborn baby's umbilical cord blood. It must be taken into account that in many countries it can only be done in private centers, which implies an extra cost. My intention is rather that you have in your hand all the information so that you can make the best decision.
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