Banking Your Baby’s Cord Blood
Umbilical cord blood offers a perfect method of acquiring stem cells. Very often the umbilical cord and its stem cells are discarded as medical waste. But today doctors worldwide recognize that cord blood stem cells can aid in the treatment of numerous diseases by helping to generate healthy new cells and tissue.
Expecting parents have the opportunity to take advantage of private cord blood storage not only as a treatment option for current uses, but also for their potential future uses. Stem cells are the “building blocks of life” that regenerate and form all other tissues, organs, and systems in the body.
Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). HSCs have two important features: they can renew themselves and they can create different types of specialized blood cells.
HSCs are being used to treat more diseases each year and may be able to replace a wider array of cells than once thought possible. In fact, researchers are exploring the potential of HSCs in experimental therapies for cerebral palsy and diabetes (type 1).
The value of stem cells found in cord blood is clear; storing cord blood ensures that should a need ever arise, you will have a source of stem cells that is an exact genetic match to your baby. There is also a possibility that the stem cells will be a match for a sibling. Storage of your baby’s cord blood at FamilyCord ensures that cord blood stem cells are available when you and your family need them most.
Cord Tissue Banking
In addition to cord blood banking, parents now have the opportunity to bank stem cells from their baby’s umbilical cord tissue.
Cord tissue is a source of many cell types, including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Researchers have discovered that MSCs will play a major role in future clinical therapies using Regenerative Medicine. This research holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs by stimulating the body to heal itself.
When you bank cord tissue with FamilyCord, we take extra steps to give you extra confidence. Unlike other cord blood banks that store cord tissue, FamilyCord verifies the quantity and quality of your baby’s mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) before placing them into long-term storage.
Processing and Extraction: Maximize the number of cells available
FamilyCord fully processes the cord tissue and extracts the cells into a solution. Storing cells as a solution (rather than as tissue segments) allows for superior cryopreservation that maximizes the number of cells available for future use. Some other banks only store tissue segments.
Verification: See the quality of your baby’s stem cells
We take a small sample of the stem cell solution and perform cell expansion to demonstrate that they can grow. Cell expansion gives health care providers important information about the quality of MSCs for future therapies (this information cannot be obtained from cord tissue segments).
PhotoCertificate: The proof is in the picture
When you choose to bank your baby’s cord tissue, you will receive a PhotoCertificate of storage with:
- Total cell count and viability (pre-freeze)
- Verified growth of the treatment-ready stem cells
- A photograph of the expanded MSC sample