What is cord blood?
- Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta.
- Cord blood is a rich source of blood stem cells and other important cells that can only be collected at birth for potential future use.
Collecting Cord Blood immediately after birth - there is only one opportunity!
These stem cells are obtained from the blood remaining in the umbilical cord and placenta after the cord is cut at a baby’s birth. The cord blood is sent to the laboratory where the stem cells are extracted from the red blood cells and plasma.
Cord Blood stem cells are then frozen and stored in a liquid nitrogen tank. These stem cells can be thawed and transfused intravenously (by IV) into a sick patient to treat a variety of diseases. Cord Blood contains several types of stem cells; they have the capacity to become other specialized cells and/or tissues, such as:
- Blood cells and cells for the immune system.*
- Can be directed to different cell lines such as neural cells, liver cells, bone, fat and muscle.*
- Regenerative medicine, promising results shown for treatment of traumatic brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, stroke, and Diabetes.*
Cord Blood Facts
- Easily collected – takes about 5 minutes
- Safe, no risk to mother or baby
- Available for immediate use
- Minimal waiting time between need and time of treatment
- Do not require an exact match between donor and recipient*
- Can be used for Autologous transplants (using your own cells) and Allogeneic transplants (using another person’s cells)*
- Has the ability to differentiate into various cell types and tissues*
- Decreased potential for graft vs host disease*
- More than 35,000 transplants performed worldwide*
- Used for treatment with children and adults*