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During your pregnancy, there are many decisions to make as you prepare for your new addition. One of those decisions is whether to save your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells.
Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a rich source of special blood cells called stem cells, which are the building blocks for blood, organs, tissue and the immune system, and they are genetically unique to each baby.
Why Should I Save My Baby’s Stem Cells?
Umbilical cord stem cells are currently used to fight more than 80 health issues, including leukemia, autoimmune diseases, lupus and inheritable diseases such as sickle-cell anemia. Researchers are also studying stem cells as a treatment for spinal cord injuries, Type 1 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and Parkinson’s.
Because of this, many parents choose to have their babies’ cord blood collected at birth and banked for future use. Individuals may opt to do this due to a family history of disease, or if the family has another child with a treatable condition. Many individuals take advantage of collection and banking as a one-time opportunity to harvest cells that may be needed in the future.
As part of its commitment to being the best place to receive care, Sharp HealthCare has partnered with StemCyte, the leader in cord blood collection and banking, to provide this important service to our patients.
Cord Blood Banking Options
StemCyte offers three options for families to save babies’ cord blood:
Locations of Services
StemCyte's cord blood collection and banking services are offered at the following Sharp hospitals in San Diego:
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