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Cord Blood

Cord blood is Blood remaining in the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of the baby. It contains a rich concentration of stem cells

Today, cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment of over 70 life-threatening diseases including leukemia, other cancers, and blood and immune disorders

Cord blood services are currently split into two different types - collection and storage of cord blood for private use (operated by private companies) and donation to a public cord blood bank (operated by the public cord blood bank service). There are charges for private collection and storage; donation to the public cord blood bank is completely FREE.

Placenta/umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following birth. It is normally discarded after birth. Research has shown that during pregnancy, cord blood is a rich source of blood stem cells, which can now be collected, processed and cryogenically stored for potential future use. Cord blood stem cells are the building blocks of the blood and immune system and have the ability to treat the same diseases as bone marrow, diseases such as leukemia and sickle cell anemia. The stem cells taken from your baby are a guaranteed match for that child. Storage therefore ensures that the stem cells are immediately available if they are ever needed for treatment. Although the probability of your child needing its own stem cells for today’s therapies is small, the future of cord blood therapy is promising. Public cord blood donations are used anonymously to treat patients with a matching type or for vital research.

Donating is completely painless, donating cord blood won't result in any offspring being created! Cord blood collection is a simple and painless procedure. It occurs after your baby has been safely delivered.