Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is a wonderful opportunity that we urge patients to research and prepare for. Cord blood is the blood obtained from your baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth. After the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, the remaining blood is collected in a bag rather than discarded.
Cord blood is rich in stem cells, cells that hold the power to cure by regenerating healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood stem cells are biologically younger and are more flexible than adult stem cells. Stem cells are unspecialized, they can differentiate, and they are capable of self-renewal.
Current diseases treated with cord blood stem cells include certain cancers, immune diseases, blood disorders, and metabolic disorders. Potential applications for cord blood stem cell therapy are autism, pediatric stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Type 1 diabetes, and acquired hearing loss.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing
Non-invasive prenatal testing uses cell-free DNA technology and massively parallel sequencing to provide you with genetic information about your baby. It reports common fetal chromosomal abnormalities of trisomies 21, 18, and 13. Some rare fetal chromosomal abnormalities can also be assessed. The testing uses millions of pieces of sequence data from chromosomes across the genome. NIPT samples are obtained from the pregnant mother’s peripheral blood as early as 10 weeks into her pregnancy. It is indicated in high risk pregnancies, for example, when the mother is age 35 or older. The test is able to accurately detect chromosomal abnormalities to provide families with information, and help families to avoid unnecessary invasive procedures.