#savingtheelixir
During my starting days as counselor I had attended a female 28 yrs. of age diagnosed with depressive disorder since the death of her only 4yr old son due to thalassemia. She had become inhibited to such an extent that she hadn’t eaten for 10 days. It was during those sessions with her when she conceived again, but was very afraid that the same fate would follow her next child. That’s when learnt about umbilical cord banking, and she was very adamant on going ahead with this…but her husband who had spent the last of his savings in the attempt to save his late son was in a dilemma. He wanted to know whether was it even beneficial, leave alone necessary to save the stem cells. I at that time was a novice to; the whole scenario of the same and needed some time to do my on research before I could suggest anything to the couple. This is what I learnt…

The umbilical cord blood carries stem cells, which have the unique potential to treat certain diseases and disorders. currently there are about 40 diseases such as leukemia, lymphomas, thalassemia to name a few which can be treated with these stem cells.
There are two modes of treatment distinguished as:
• Allogeneic- patient receives stem cells from a matching donor, either a sibling or an unrelated donor.
• Autologous- patient receives their own stem cells.
I was highly impressed by this advancement until I found out more about it. When a 4 month old child was diagnosed with osteopetroisis, a potentially fatal disease that affects bone formation, the parents were relieved to hear that the stem cells they had banked could save him and thought themselves to be smart to have the foresight to bank it. However they were shocked when they learnt that they couldn’t use the stem cells as they had the same genetic defect which caused his condition. So the insurance of their child’s life was diseased. The American college of obstetricians and gynecologists and the American academy of pediatrics have issued statements in late 1990s opposing the use of for-profit-banks—and criticizing their marketing tactics. Instead they recommended that parents donate cord blood to public banks, which make it available to anyone who needs it. In fact countries like France and Italy have banned private cord blood banking altogether. In words; of a director of obstetrical clinical research at Massachusetts general hospital, “there is no reason for parents to take on the additional financial burden when there’s little chance of a child ever using his own cord blood.”
Cord blood banking is like an insurance to safeguard you family against unforeseeable events. You should do it out of love and responsibility like LIC jeevan bima, you hope not to use it but if you have to it will be there. But like any insurance cord blood banking isn’t cheap. Certainly there are high hopes for advancement in the stem cell transplantation, but a child’s risk of needing it is 1 in 1000 or even 1 in 20000. There are greater hopes for the potential of embryonic stem cells, which are thought to have the ability to develop into many different types of cells. It is not known whether the stem cells in cord blood have that ability; until recently, it was thought that they (like those in bone marrow) could only regenerate blood and immune cells. In reality a handful cord blood transplants have been given to adults because most don’t have enough to treat a person more than 90 lbs. the private banks usually play up for childhood leukemia but most kids with childhood leukemia are treated with chemotherapy alone. And even if a transplant is needed doctors cant use the child’s stem cells as even that is diseased. Usually the banks prey on parent’s fears and ignorance and usually have no scientific basis on the claims they make. Even if a sick child has a sibling donor, there is less than 25% chance that the cord blood will be a perfect match and an equal chance it wont match at all. Most of the privately stored cord blood is discarded because it being a new field we are not aware of its expiry date.
So umbilical cord blood can save live, but that of your own child is questionable, and it cant be used to treat everything. If cord blood would have a say in heart problems and not just potential, had I been planning for more children, had my family had a history of diseases which can be cured with cord blood cells, I would have surely saved it for my child.
This is what I told that couple and even they decided not to go for it,(though after lot more sessions and explanation to the wife).
Please let me know what you think about cord blood banking and how many parents have gone for it or are planning to go for it and why…?


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Am Zam

vry nice info..wasn't aware of such banks. Thnx for this👍

Sumira Bhatia

So useful !!!

Shruti Giri

I didn't know this...

Neha Agarwal

karishma singh this is so so useful. Thanks a lot for sharing. Not sure how I missed it. So glad to see your post. Get active and start helping Moms. This post goes to my bookmark and definitely into top posts compilation for the week !! Watch out for the article super soon :)

Priya Sood

This is such an informative post. I never did stem cell because i never knew more about it. Thank you for this post!!!

Niru Sha

thanks for sharing such an important article about cord blood cell banking😊

Swati Varma

Nice info.. i have done stem cell banking for my child.. its a community banking ..which means you child's stem cell can be used for any one who are in emergency and vice versa.. storage at two locations and two samples were taken.. stem cell supply at International level within 24hrs.. stemcell can be used not only for your child.. it can be useful for child's siblings.. child's parents grand parents from both the sides..

karishma singh

Thats a rarity n stem cells in the umbilical cord are not enough for a cell replacement for an adult...

Dr. AMRITA MALLIK

The stem cells are not always diseased. Sometimes the genes do switch on to manifest in the disease later on in life. There are many factors which trigger the switching on and off of these genes, like environmental, stress, food habits, addictions etc etc. A detailed knowledge of genetics and oncology ( cancer) is necessary to fathom the depth of this topic.
Leukemias usually show up at teenage. The cord blood is usually a healthy bread. Otherwise the baby wouldn't survive upto teenage even. And now the spectrum of diseases it can cater to has also doubled up to 80 approved diseases by the indian govt itself. Most importantly what is making me trust it is the copy of the patent that they are producing. Because after a invention and innovation is completely autheticated by several clinical trials, a patent is approved. And currently they are also working on the more common diseases like autism, diabetes, sle, and severe burns. The research is only going to increase and increase in the coming years. 10 years ago we had small ios phones to talk with and today where the digital technology is, it is unbelievable. Similarly, though progress in medical science is slow and takes a lot of clinical trials but its happening, in place of one decade it may take 2 decades to get there but it ll one day. And these companies are extending the storage upto life time and time to time viability checks will also b performed. The need may be rare but the one who needs is know how crucial it is for him/ her. God forbid nobody needs it. And also its all about destiny who ll get a second chance and who ll not. I as a parent would like to do whatever i can do to safegaurd the child. Its personal choice for parents. These days prices have also come down and the companies have also increased their financial flexibility.
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Another opinion about cord blood banking. Try to research and collect your own information and then take a wise decision.

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Krutika Gor

Thanks for tagging dear.. such n informative post showing the other side

Cherry Bansal

Thanks for tagging

Nitika Chopra

Thanks for tagging..this was something i was discussing before to encourage more of community banking..after consulting with all doctors i went with life cell where there is private banking(for initial 2years)and after that it gets shifted to community banking..most of the disease which occurred after 2years are treated by donor cell only and if own cell is needed they can always implant from you.like someone above said if you help someone,the same way the community of more than 2lakh life cell members can definitely help using matching donor cell in your need as well and rest child siblings and parents and grandparents are something add on advantage..

Nitika Chopra

Read this article.. even the Indian Academy of Pediatrics discouraged private banking in 2016 in the conference...it is often misleading

nimmi rathore

Nice ..very helpful wasn't aware about this before

Aditi Ahuja

Very helpful and informative!!

Dr. Ketaki Pawar

Very helpful to know... These companies go to any extent to sell this idea.. They almost make you feel guilty if you don't save ur childs cord blood. Some even give free babymoon packages.. Height of marketing.

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