Since I’m about halfway through my pregnancy, it’s starting to dawn on me that I’m probably going to actually give birth at some point. This time around, I’m determined to donate my baby’s umbilical cord blood.
Cord blood is rich in stem cells, which have been used successfully for the last thirty years to treat various types of cancer, as well as blood, immune, and metabolic disorders.
Although it is harvested from a newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta, cord blood stem cells are classified by most as adult stem cells. They are safer for the recipient, and more versatile, than bone marrow transplants; and umbilical cord blood therapy neatly sidesteps the ethical horror that is...READ MORE