Giving birth is a very significant and emotional moment in a woman’s life. Not surprising therefore, a lot of planning and preparation goes into every child birth. You choose the best doctor, the best hospital, and of course ensure you create the perfect environment at home for your child. As part of planning and preparation for the new-born, it is now imperative you choose to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood and tissue, to provide the necessary health cover for the future. Unistem is one of the few stem cell banks in India that offers stem cell banking in India as well as stem cell research and therapy.
What is stem cell banking?
It has been established that preserving your baby’s cord blood stem cells along with cord tissue stem cells offers a complete cover for the child from a wide range of blood related and tissue degenerative ailments. Mesenchymal stem cells, therefore allow the body to maintain healthy tissues by replacing damaged or worn out cells and tissues. Stem cell storage of umbilical cord blood without umbilical cord tissue is hence not a sufficient option for security coverage.
What is the advantage of stem cell banking and storing expanded umbilical cord tissue stem cells?
- Published data has suggested that expanding mesenchymal stem cells before storage, a procedure adhered to by Unistem as one of the leading stem cell banks in India, is far more advantageous than initial storage of the whole cord tissue and later expanding it. Storage of the tissue will to a certain extent impede the cryoprotectant from getting to these cells, and thus the efficiency of stem cell storage will not be as per the ideal conditions. Secondly, expanded cells have a higher starting value of stem cells, thereby providing the dose required by the patient during transplantation, taking far less time as compared to direct tissue storage.
- It is advantageous thus to store both expanded mesenchymal stem cells for ready availability of quality cells as also to store direct cord tissue as a backup for private banking.