What are the benefits to preserving a baby’s cord blood?

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A baby's cord blood contains stem cells, which, when transplanted, may develop into any number of specific tissues. This may be beneficial in the treatment of some cancers and other blood diseases for that individual/child. Transplanted stem cells may restore bone marrow functionality.
More doctors are recommending that parents preserve their baby’s umbilical-cord blood after birth. The blood cells in the umbilical cord contain special stem cells that can be used to treat life-threatening diseases and immune and genetic disorders. Although other sources in the body contain stem cells, cord-blood stem cells are a perfect match for your baby, have a 25% probability of being an exact match for a sibling, and potentially can be used for parents and grandparents. Even so, there is no guarantee that a cord-blood transplant will be an appropriate treatment therapy or that it will provide a cure for your baby or another family member. Speak with your obstetrician for more information.

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