What is Cord Blood?
When your baby is born, the blood left inside the umbilical cord is very special. It contains powerful hematopoietic stem cells, which have a 30-year history of saving lives.
There’s also exciting research on using cord blood for regenerative medicine, which aims to harness the stem cells inside to help the body heal itself.
Cord blood banking, also known as newborn stem cell preservation, is the process of saving the remaining blood in the umbilical cord, after birth, for potential future use.
6 Reasons to Preserve Your Baby’s Cord Blood
1.Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs)
Cord blood is well-known as a valuable source of powerful stem cells like HSCs. HSCs are already used in the treatment of over 80 conditions of the blood and immune system as part of a stem cell transplant. Learn More
Plus, cord blood contains other potentially beneficial cells, like regulatory T cells, which are being researched in laboratory studies to see if they may be relevant for patients with autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes.
2.Your Best Chance to Preserve Young HSCs
You’re probably familiar with bone marrow. It contains the same type of stem cells as cord blood. But why might cord blood be better?
As your body ages, so do your bone marrow stem cells. In contrast, your newborn’s stem cells are brand new; they haven't been exposed to aging and harmful environmental factors.45
Collecting them at birth ensures you’re saving the youngest HSCs you can while avoiding invasive and more difficult procedures to collect them from bone marrow in the future, if needed.
3.A Long History of Helping Save Lives
For the past 30 years, cord blood stem cells have been used to rebuild healthy blood and immune systems as part of a stem cell transplant. They’ve helped more than 40,000 patients worldwide with certain cancers, blood disorders, and immune disorders as part of a stem cell transplant, from both donated and privately banked cord blood.108
4.Today Is Just the Beginning
Researchers continue learning more about the power of cord blood stem cells—and the future looks bright. In fact, cord blood is being researched in over 100 clinical trials around the world to help improve current applications in stem cell transplants and to investigate possible future applications in regenerative medicine.82
5.A Match For Your Baby? Check!
Your baby’s stem cells may provide your immediate family with more options in the future. Your baby is always a perfect genetic match to his or her cord blood stem cells. Full siblings have a 75% chance of being at least a partial genetic match. Parents are always a partial match.
In general, the stronger the match, the better the outcome. Depending on the condition being treated, a physician may look to use a child’s own stem cells or may prefer to use those from a partial or full matched donor, like a sibling. Learn more in this quick video.
6.Frozen in Time
While we can’t suspend time itself, we can stop the clock on the aging of your newborn’s stem cells. Given all the information available today, it is believed that cord blood units in proper cryogenic storage should be able to be preserved indefinitely, protecting them from aging and environmental factors.45
There was never a question of whether or not we would do it. We banked for all three of our children. At 16 months, our second daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We wanted to do everything we could for her, and we used her stem cells in a clinical trial at Duke University.Jessica H., mom of 3CBR Client
We will be banking privately. I have type 1 diabetes. There’s a lot of research going on stem cells to help treat type 1, so we think it’s best to preserve now.MeganicuBabyCenter mom
Having banked my son's cord blood with CBR gives me the peace of mind to know that the unexpected things that could face my son, I may have another tool in the toolbox to fight it with. It's an investment in our future, and I am so glad is there.Michelle H., mom of 1 toddlerCBR Client
One of our good friend’s son is alive today because of cord blood. It’s a very worthwhile cause that I happily promote.JuliamdelaneyWhat To Expect mom
Carter was born a healthy baby boy in 2000, and we chose to preserve his cord blood with CBR. Thirteen years later he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Everyday, science is getting closer to using stem cells to help cure this disease. We are so thankful that we preserved his, and we hope that one day he may benefit from research.CindyCBR Client
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