For more than five years now, I’ve been following the progress of cord blood banking. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been informed about the possibility of storing my children’s cord blood stem cells prior to their birth. With my boys now aged 11, 9 and 8 my experience was there wasn’t the awareness around the option to store, which is why I feel it’s important to help change that for other expectant parents. Recently there have been many significant advancements in stem cell research signalling a promising future for the use of cord blood stem cells stored at birth.
One such breakthrough is the recent announcement of Duke University’s expanded access clinical trial. Children with neurological disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy who have their own or a sibling’s cord blood stored in a family bank may now be able to receive cord blood therapy regardless of whether they qualify for a targeted clinical trial.
Over 1 in 100 children in Australia are diagnosed with some level of autism and every 15 hours one Australian child is born with cerebral palsy.
It is projected that there are tens of thousands of children across the world that would be eligible for this breakthrough treatment pathway, which is a promising development for families of children with a range of neurological disorders.
Cell Care, Australia’s largest cord blood bank, is exhibiting at the upcoming Adelaide Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo at the Showgrounds, Wayville on the 7th-8th of April. You’ll be able to visit the team from Cell Care at stand H12 and have a personal discussion with their experienced midwives.
Cell Care is also offering all She Shopped readers an opportunity to win cord blood and tissue storage for 25 years valued at $5,295.