Stem cell transplants have become an increasingly frequent procedure in the field of regenerative medicine. Over the past 30 years cord blood stem cell transplants have been used to effectively treat over 80 diseases and conditions, including:
Cancers: Lymphoma, Leukemia, Neuroblastoma
Blood Diseases: Sickle cell anemia, Myelofibrosis, Congenital Cytopenia
Immune System Disorders: DiGeorge Syndrome, Congenital Neutropenia, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases (SCID)
Metabolic Disorders: Krabbe Disease, Hunter Syndrome (MPS-II), Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
The medical potential of cord blood stem cells continues to grow as well. Hundreds of clinical trials are underway, including treatment of conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Diabetes, with new trials coming every year.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cord blood is an excellent source of the hematopoietic stem cells used in most stem cell transplants. These special cells help facilitate the rebuilding and repair of tissue that has been damaged by various genetic and medical conditions.
Umbilical cord blood is unique in that it has been shown to contain 10 times more hematopoietic stems cells than bone marrow. Furthermore, cord blood stem cells rarely carry infectious diseases, and are believed to have greater regenerative properties than bone marrow stem cells.
Perhaps most importantly, stem cells from your baby’s cord blood offer a perfect genetic match for your newborn. This eliminates the risk of transplant rejection - otherwise known as Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD) - for your newborn.
In addition, cord blood stem cells have a high probability of being a suitable match for siblings and parents. This significantly reduces the risk of GVHD for immediate family members who receive a transplant using your baby’s stem cells.
Cord blood collection is simple, painless and poses no risk to mother or baby. After your baby is born the umbilical cord will be clamped and cut, and your doctor will begin to collect the cord blood.
The excess cord blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after your baby’s birth will flow into the collection bag. When the flow stops, the collection bag is sealed, labeled and ready for transport to our cord blood laboratory in the MiracleCord StemCare collection kit.
It is important that cord blood is carefully transported in a temperature-controlled environment while in transit from the birthing facility to our laboratory. In order to ensure that the stem cells remain viable during transport to the lab, MiracleCord provides Direct Medical Courier service and includes TimeCritical® Processing with every plan.
If your baby or an immediate family member is suffering from a life-threatening medical condition, the benefits of cord blood banking shouldn't be ignored. Private cord blood banking may provide your family with the best chance of survival, recovery, and a renewed quality of life.
Contact us to learn more about the amazing potential of banking your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue!
"The reasons people are storing cord blood today represent only a fraction of its potential uses in the future, as scientists continue to make incredible new discoveries."
Erik Woods, PhD
Cryobiologist & Scientist