Are you considering banking your amniotic fluid? Last week Biocell, the leader in Amniotic Fluid storage, held a press event in NYC to spread the word about the potential benefits of amniotic fluid storage. If you're pregnant, now is the time to consider this option. Like, cord blood, amniotic fluid is rich in stem cells, these cells are widely believed to be the key to unlocking scientific clues to cure diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Leukemia and ailments such as worn down hips.
Biocell CEO, Dr. Kate Torchilin walked us through the procedure. Unlike cord blood, amniotic fluid is captured at the time of amniocentesis (not in the often hectic delivery room). As I understand it, when a mother goes in for her scheduled amnio testing, the clinician can remove an extra bit of fluid to be stored offsite. What's different about amniotic fluid stem cells is that they can grow into different organs and tissues; these cells have the potential to treat a wide range of conditions.
Amniotic fluid is the nourishing and protective liquid that surrounds your baby during pregnancy. The fluid contains stem cells (known as mesenchymal stem cells). Why is this newsworthy? For years, Biocell Center has been preserving amniotic fluid for pregnant women in Europe, and this service is now available in the U.S. To read more about amniotic fluid check out this article on parents.com
Why store it? With medical advances the stored amniotic fluid MAY help protect your child'??s health throughout his or her lifetime. Research shows that these cells could help treat future common injuries such as repairing cartilage for the knee, healing wounds or developing skin for skin grafts. Also on hand at the event, Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, Executive Director of HealthyWomen.org, made the case for moms getting informed about their options. You can see their pro/com article here.
What is is going to cost? About $1650 for the first year (and it is not covered by insurance) and a few hundred every year after for storage.
Like any medical procedure this one is not to be rushed into. Talk to your health care provider about the options. For more information, visit www.biocellcenter.com.
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