Cord blood banking is the collection and storage of the stem cells found in your newborn’s umbilical cord.
Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a valuable source of stem cells, the building blocks of our blood and immune systems. Cord blood stem cells, like bone marrow stem cells, are free from the political and/or ethical debate surrounding other sources of stem cells.
Today, cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment of nearly 80 life-threatening diseases. Medical researchers continue to explore new uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells, including possible treatments for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Cord blood collection is a simple, painless procedure that can take place after a vaginal or cesarean birth. After your baby is born, your obstetrician or midwife will clamp and cut the umbilical cord and then collect the cord blood and/or cord tissue. The actual collection time typically takes two to four minutes.
After the cord blood tissue has been collected, the specimen is then sealed and clearly labeled for easy identification. Your baby’s cord blood will then be transferred to a processing facility. Collection, processing, and preservation methods vary depending on which cord blood company your family chooses.
Stemcyte has a proven history and is one of the leading providers of family cord blood units used for treatment of disease.