Stem Cells – Why Storing from the Umbilical Cord will Help Protect your Unborn Child . Win a £2000 Storage Package!
Pregnant? – Win a stem cell collection and storage package with the UK’s largest Stem Cell Bank worth over £2000
Stem cells are fast becoming the future of medicine, a way to fight disease and to repair damage in the human body. I’ve believed in their potential for a long time and have stem cells from umbilical cord blood of my eldest already stored, a no-brainer for me. In fact, it’s an insurance policy for both him and his brother and to a lesser extent, even myself and my husband. By storing stem cells from cord blood, you are giving your family the possibility of fighting future disease.
What are stem cells exactly? Well, they are remarkable in that they have the ability to develop into many different cells types in the body. They are an internal repair system, dividing without limit. Each time a stem cell divides, it has the possibility to repair and regenerate into blood cells, muscle tissue , brain cells and more.
Haematopoietic stem cells, found in blood and the umbilical cord, are one of the best types of stem cells for treating diseases and inherited conditions.
Umbilical cord stem cells are already used in this country to treat 85 different diseases and some cancers, notably leukaemia in children. Although we lag behind in the U.K. with cancer care, stem cell transplants offer real hope and innovation.
My father died of myeloma, a rare blood cancer. He researched his own treatment and as a last resort underwent a bone marrow transplant in order to extract stem cells to treat the disease. It was the only hope that we had. Unfortunately, harvesting directly from bone is painful and intrusive and also only gives a few adult stem cells. Too little, too late. Had he had blood stem cells, well, they would have given him a much better chance of recovery.
Blood stem cells found in the umbilical cord can be collected in a brilliantly simple process. There is no interference with the birth itself. Phlebotomists can take a small sample of umbilical cord blood, which can then be processed and stored in a specialist stem cell bank. All done for you as long as you let your midwife know beforehand and all supported by the NHS. The stem cells in each sample can be stored for up to 25 years at secure storage facilities, in case your child or family should need future treatments.
One company that offers this service is Future Health Biobank. With over 16 years’ experience, they are the UK’s largest and most advanced stem cell bank. Their service is second to none. They are offering a cord blood collection storage package worth over £2000 FREE OF CHARGE to one of my lucky readers or followers. So, if you are having a baby soon or know someone who is pregnant, follow, share and comment and the lucky winner will be picked at random in two weeks’ time. Good luck!