Cord preservation is a process where the umbilical cord and placenta from a newborn baby are preserved. The procedure is done by drying out both pieces of afterbirth, then sealing them into separate containers that are stored in a cool place. Preserving your baby’s cord blood and placenta can potentially help with future treatments for diseases or conditions such as leukemia or hemophilia. The umbilical cord and placenta contain living cells, rich in stem cells with the potential to become many different types of cells: red blood cells producing oxygen, platelets to aid blood coagulation and reduce bleeding, and multiple types of white blood cells that can fight infection or allergies. Stem cells can be used to treat some life-threatening diseases and conditions, including leukemia, aplastic anemia, and a variety of genetic blood disorders.
They can also be used in treatments for many other diseases, such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Many parents may choose cord preservation because they want to be able to potentially use the stem cells in the future to treat a family member with a disease or disorder that may benefit from these living cells. Womb to tomb does not only pertain to a baby’s life after birth, but it also includes the placenta and umbilical cord. It is my understanding that any medical professional can take care of cord and placenta preservation. It is not necessary to find a specific person or service for this task. It may be wise to ask other professionals that you know are well-versed in birth matters (midwives, doulas, lactation consultants) if they have had experience with the process or services of cord and placenta preservation. Therefore, it would be wise to have a cord and placenta preservation preparation plan in case the need arises.Learn more about Cord blood combination