Cord blood is the excess blood left in the umbilical cord after your baby is born. For many years this precious resource was discarded as medical waste. Scientists have since discovered that your baby's cord blood is an incredible source of potentially life-saving stem cells.
Stem cells derived from cord blood are called hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). They are the building blocks of the body’s blood and immune systems. These cells have the ability to repair and replace tissue that has been damaged by diseases, chemotherapy or other medical conditions.
Cord blood stem cells have been saving lives for more than 30 years. Doctors have used cord blood stem cells in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, metabolic disorders, various anemias, and more.
Cord blood stem cells are now routinely being used to treat over 80 critical diseases and conditions, and this list continues to grow. Current studies show promising treatments for autism, heart disease, diabetes, cerebral palsy, and others.
The hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood are used in treatment by infusing them into the patient; often referred to as a “cord blood transplant.” Transplanting healthy cord blood stem cells into the recipient allows the platelets and affected cell tissue to regenerate into healthy tissue.
Cord blood banking is the process of extracting the stem cells from your baby’s cord blood and storing them so they can be used to treat and potentially cure your child, or a family member, in the event that a disease or condition arises in the future.
Learn more about the amazing potential of stem cells and how you can provide complete protection for your family by saving your baby’s umbilical Cord Tissue as well.
For many diseases and conditions, cord blood and cord tissue stem cells may offer the only hope for a cure.