Heard of stem cell therapy? The most common way is by removing bone marrow for transplant but there's always another way, Your newborn...

Cord Blood At Birth

By December 19, 2018

Heard of stem cell therapy? The most common way is by removing bone marrow for transplant but there's always another way, Your newborn baby's cord blood, don't worry it's not as scary as it sounds and has a tonne of benefits too.

Donating your baby's cord blood at birth could be a phenomenal advantage for them in later life, Smart Cells does exactly that! 
Smart cells take the blood from the umbilical cord and the placenta around 60ml or so, the technician will be alerted as soon as your in labour or c-section for fast action, 
A needle is inserted into the vein of the umbilical cord (as this is the largest of the 3 blood vessels in the cord), and the collection bag is held below the level of the placenta. This uses gravity to help drain as much blood as possible to recover the maximum amount of stem cells, don't worry the procedure isn't at all painful for your baby and is totally sterile too! 

Other than mothers that have a blood disorder or any antibodies in the blood (if you needed an anti-d in pregnancy if your blood type is  Rhesus negative or positive) the procedure for cord blood is relatively fast, for those who do have a disorder the cord blood may be taken by doctors first for tests and then the rest can be taken for stem cells.
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Stem cell therapy will hopefully be treating and perhaps one day curing many diseases. For those who are already suffering from a disease that stem cells can treat, storing stem cells may have a personal importance and relevance.
For others, it is likely that at some point in their life, they or a loved one will be affected by a disease that stem cells can treat.
The research that can be done with stem cells is amazing and the amount of things it can treat and cure is incredible such as leukaemia, sickle cell and cerebral palsy just to name a few, 
"Smart Cells is the UK’s first private cord blood storage company, helping parents from across the world take the pioneering decision to store the stem cells of their babies for greater security of health. For more information on umbilical cord blood banking or to organise a consultation, please click here to find the number of the office nearest to you, email us on UAE@smartcells.com"
So why not take a look and see the benefits for yourself! it's a life-changing decision that's so worth it!

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*Disclosure* - This is a collaborative post

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