The Benefits of Cord Blood & Umbilical Cord Tissue Banking
The quick and painless procedure of banking a newborn’s cord blood and umbilical cord tissue can be used for future medical treatments to treat diseases and to save lives.
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Up until about 10 years ago, doctors and medical professionals considered cord blood to be a little more than medical waste. Today, cord blood is regarded as “the first gift from God” as research has shown that over a hundred life-threatening diseases1,2 – from cancers to blood diseases to immune disorders – can be treated using cord blood stem cells.
The high Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) content found in cord blood is effective in treating a wide range of diseases as it has the ability to develop into different types of specialised cells, and can repair and replace a patient’s damaged or diseased tissues and blood vessels with healthier ones.
Banking cord blood
Cord blood is collected minutes after the baby has been delivered by inserting a syringe into the umbilical vein of the cord and extracting the blood into a bag. The blood is then transported to a cord blood bank and cryopreserved for future transplantation.
Banking umbilical cord tissue
Parents can also store their baby’s umbilical cord tissue which contains Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). These multi-potential cells can control the growth of immune cells, and can differentiate to build bone, adipose and cartilage tissue. MSC also suppress and treat Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) which may occur in patients who undergo a stem cell or an allogeneic bone marrow transplant. At present, over 300 clinical trials# are being conducted using MSC in the treatment of stroke, spinal cord injuries, diabetes and bone fractures etc.
Benefiting the whole family
Storing a newborn’s cord blood and cord tissue can be beneficial for the whole family. There is a higher chance of the baby’s stem cells being a perfect match for siblings, or other blood-related family members, needing medical treatment in the future.
Why choose HealthBaby?
HealthBaby is currently the leading cord blood bank in Hong Kong with over 70% market share3 and is the most recommended cord blood bank by OBGYN physicians in HK4. The group has been awarded the “Trusted Brand” Platinum Award from Reader’s Digest for three consecutive years, and is also the first and only cord blood laboratory in Hong Kong to be honoured with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accreditation.
To celebrate HealthBaby’s 7th anniversary, customers who sign up for their storage services will receive a complimentary Chicco $1,000 cash coupon*. Visit HealthBaby’s website, or contact 3188 8899, for more information.
*Subject to service plan enrolled
3. Ipsos Healthcare 2009-2012 Cord Blood Bank Survey
4. IMS-2010 Cord Blood Bank Market Research in Hong Kong with Private Q&G physicians
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