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Cord Blood Awareness Month | Stem Cell Banking FAQ`s - Rainbow Hospitals

If you’ve always wondered about cord blood preservation, this FAQ guide has you covered Cord blood. Stem cell transplantation. Cord tissue. Cryopreservation. Terms you’ve likely heard, but could be better acquainted with. This Cord Blood Awareness Month, we’ve collected some of the most commonly asked questions, and answered them here, so that you can get the information you need all in one place. Read on! What is cord blood? Cord blood is the blood left over inside the umbilical cord after a baby is born. This blood is a wellspring of potent hematopoietic stem cells, which are considered life-saving in transplant medicine. What is so special about cord tissue? The tissue inside the umbilical cord contains powerful mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which studies have shown, serve as remarkable catalysts in activating the body’s emergency response mechanism. MSCs help combat inflammation and restore tissue damage by signaling information to other cells. How can my baby’s cord blood be used in the future? Cord blood is currently used in the treatment protocols of over 80 diseases, and scientists are exploring its application in regenerative medicine. Some conditions for which it has been deemed effective are blood diseases, cancers, bone marrow failure, metabolic dysfunction and autoimmune disorders. The majority of diseases with proven treatments are genetic in nature. What is stem cell preservation? The umbilical cord hosts cord blood and tissue chock-full of stem cells. Stem cell preservation is a system that taps into this reserve by preserving the blood and tissue from the umbilical cord in a stem cell bank. New applications for stem cells are continually being researched, kindling opportunities for novel lines of treatment. Do my baby’s stem cells come back to him/her? There are many misconceptions about where, and to whom, a baby’s stem cells go following cord blood preservation—to the baby, a sibling or a stranger? The answer: it could be any of the three. The decision rests on the treating physician, pediatrician or child specialist’s recommendation. The underlying criterion is genetic matching. Although most stem cell transplants are sourced from a matched donor, such as a parent or sibling (parents are always a match, while siblings have a 75% chance of matching), a child’s own stem cells may be advised in cases pertaining to regenerative medicine. The higher the compatibility, the more optimized the outcome. Book an appointment with an obstetrician in Delhi, Hyderabad, Vijayawada or Chennai today to discuss painless delivery options, stem cell preservation packages and more. By saving your child’s cord cells at birth, you can gift them a lifetime’s supply of nature’s greatest insurance.


Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Laparoscopy Surgeon MBBS,DNB,MNAMS,MRCOG(UK) FICOG

Rainbow Children’s Hospital & BirthRigh, Banjara Hills.