What is Cord Blood?
Cord Blood 101
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:
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
Can be used for Autologous transplants (using your own cells) and Allogeneic transplants (using another person’s cells)*
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