11 Facts You Must Know Before Storing Cord Blood

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Cord blood contains stem cells which are said to regenerate damaged cells. The method of storing cord blood is claimed to be a serious illness insurance in the future. But before deciding to save your baby’s cord blood, you should pay attention to this.

11 Fact about Storing Cord Blood

1. What is cord blood?

Cord blood or also called “placental blood” is the blood inside the umbilical cord. After childbirth, the umbilical cord is cut and usually disposed of as medical waste. But now the blood can be stored for decades.

2. What is the process of taking cord blood?

After the baby is born, the umbilical cord will be clamped to two places and cut in between. Then within minutes the obstetrician or midwife will drain the cord blood into a disposable blood bag with two sterile layers.

3. Are there differences in taking central blood between normal and caesarean delivery?

In general there is no difference in both. However, in the process of caesarean delivery, the doctor must be more careful. “When the uterine caesarean section is open, if the doctor takes the cord blood for too long, the uterus can bleed continuously until the process is complete,” said Dr. Ardiansjah Dara SpOG, Siloam Hospital obstetrician.

4. What is the amount of cord blood that can be taken?

Approximately 200-300 cc, depending on the size of each mother’s cord. At a minimum it can be taken up to 100cc. Maternal blood samples must also be taken within 48 hours before or after the baby’s birth. Maternal blood will be tested to ensure the safety and quality of cord blood according to standards.

5. What is a central blood stem cell?

Stem cells or stem cells are cells derived from cord blood which are responsible for filling the blood and regenerating the immune system.

6. Who can use stem cells?

Stem cells derived from umbilical cord are suitable for babies born with a percentage of 100 percent. Parents and siblings also get a 25 percent chance that the stem cells are suitable if needed. Research shows that in three years the survival rate for patients who have received a cord blood transplant from a family is 95 percent. When compared to patients who received cord blood not from their families, the odds were 61 percent.

7. How long can stem cells be stored?

In theory, the age of cells stored in liquid nitrogen temperatures is estimated to be stored for 1,000 years. A recent study shows efficient recovery from stem cells stored for 21 to 23.5 years. “Because this method is relatively new, recently stem cells have been found to last up to 23 years,” Meriana continued.

8. What is the cost of storing cord blood?

For example, Cordlife as a private cord blood bank costs Rp. 1,650,000 every year, until the baby is 21 years old. If the baby is 21 years old, storing blood can be called and extended the contract. In some cases, stem cell transplants are very expensive because of the difficulty of finding suitable donors from others

9. What if the mother has a blood disorder?

In general, blood disorders are not related to cord blood condition. However, some serious infectious diseases should be wary. “Mothers with infectious diseases including HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Syphilis can not get the cord blood. It’s the same as blood donors,” said Dr. Ardiansjah Dara SpOG.

10. What are the benefits of stem cells?

Cord blood stem cells can also be found in the bone marrow and peripheral blood (blood circulating throughout the body). Cord blood stem cells are increasingly being used as a source of choice for adult stem cells in the transplantation process of a number of diseases, namely blood disorders that are not malignant, solid tumors, immune disorders and metabolic disorders.

11. What percentage of the likelihood of the disease recovering using stem cells?

Storing umbilical cord blood does not guarantee that these cells will heal or can be used in all circumstances. The use of stem cells will ultimately be decided by the treating doctor. The way stem cells work is to replace damaged blood cells. So we can’t possibly present it, but it depends on the severity of the disease