After a long exhausting labour, you’ve finally given birth to your healthy newborn baby. You can’t wait to hold your baby in your arms and show him or her off to the world. But before you do that, don’t forget about your baby’s umbilical cord. Find out why it’s important to make a decision about your baby’s cord blood before you go into labour.
Why is my baby’s umbilical cord so precious?
You may have heard of stem cells and how they are responsible in regenerating blood and tissue in the body. More interestingly, embryonic stem cells can grow into many different kinds of specialised cells – and are now used to treat a number of diseases, such as leukaemia, blood disorders and immune problems.
In the past, umbilical cords used to be discarded after being cut. Now hospitals have realised that your baby’s umbilical cord is a rich source of cord blood, containing a high concentration of these embryonic stem cells.
How is umbilical cord blood collected?
Find out what you can do with you baby’s umbilical cord blood on the next page…