What is cord blood banking?

Your unborn baby may be part of the first generation to live beyond 100. Chances are they will need stem cells to stay healthy.  Did you know that you can secure the most powerful source of stem cells available within minutes of birth by choosing cord blood banking?

Cord blood is the richest available source of billions of powerful stem cells, which can repair, regenerate and save lives. Cord blood banking is the process of collecting this blood from the umbilical cord and placenta and storing it for use in future stem cell therapies.

Stem cells have been used in 1 million transplants worldwide6 and are being investigated in over 5,000 clinical trials13. Doctors and scientists believe that cord blood stem cells are one of the cornerstones of regenerative medicine and may soon offer therapies for many incurable diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

You only get one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood – the day they are born. To receive more information about the process and benefits, download your Parent’s Guide.

Visit our stem cell storage FAQs for answers to the most common questions about banking your baby’s stem cells.

1 million transplants
5000 Trials

What is cord blood banking?


Your unborn baby may be part of the first generation to live beyond 100. Chances are they will need stem cells to stay healthy.  Did you know that you can secure the most powerful source of stem cells available within minutes of birth by choosing cord blood banking?

Cord blood is the richest available source of billions of powerful stem cells, which can repair, regenerate and save lives. Cord blood banking is the process of collecting this blood from the umbilical cord and placenta and storing it for use in future stem cell therapies.

Stem cells have been used in 1 million transplants worldwide6 and are being investigated in over 5,000 clinical trials13. Doctors and scientists believe that cord blood stem cells are one of the cornerstones of regenerative medicine and may soon offer therapies for many incurable diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

You only get one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood – the day they are born. To receive more information about the process and benefits, download your Parent’s Guide.

Visit our stem cell storage FAQs for answers to the most common questions about banking your baby’s stem cells.

1 million transplants
5000 Trials
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What are the benefits of cord blood banking?

Cord blood banking preserves powerful stem cells

Powerful

Umbilical cord blood stem cells are pure and plastic, meaning that they can become almost
any cell in the human body
Unique stem cells in cord blood

Unique

Saving your baby’s cord blood at birth is their one chance to access certain stem cell types that are only found in cord blood
Cord blood is a perfect match

Perfect

Your baby’s cord blood is their perfect biological match – there is no risk of rejection
Cord blood is a safe source of stem cells

Safe

Umbilical cord blood banking is completely risk free, non-invasive and painless, yet it could protect your baby for the rest of their life

The stem cells in your baby’s cord blood are the most potent that they will ever have. They can become almost any tissue type in the body and may even be used to regrow entire organs. Banking cord blood ensures that your baby is prepared to benefit from the future of stem cell medicine.

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Why choose Cells4Life?

Cells4Life is the leader in cord blood banking in the UK, with more UK samples in storage than any other bank. Everything about our service has been designed for one purpose – to provide your baby and your family with the best long term health protection available.

Here are just a few of the benefits to banking cord blood with Cells4Life:

  • Multiple treatments
  • Dual location storage
  • 100% more stem cells
  • Stem cell insurance
  • Most comprehensive range of services
  • Year-round collection
  • Dedicated couriers
  • Industry leading technology
  • HTA licensed
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Cord blood banking – What happens on the day?

Cord blood banking is non-invasive and should have no impact upon your birth plan or delivery process. The collection will take place in a separate room, after the third stage of labour and can be performed either by your consultant or by a trained and licensed phlebotomist that we will provide. Once the cord blood is collected, one of our dedicated medical couriers will come to the maternity unit to collect the sample and bring it directly back to our laboratory. We will then process the cord blood, perform various tests and place it securely into long term storage. Should your child or a family ever need to use the sample, all you have to do is contact us and we will liaise with your medical facility to release the stem cells for treatment.

STEM CELL COLLECTION – WHAT’S INVOLVED?
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Baby’s perfect match

Storing your baby’s own cord blood ensures that they will always have access to their perfect stem cell match. This means that any stem cell treatment or replacement organ is available without the need for rejection drugs. Your baby’s stem cells may also be a perfect match for a sibling and a partial match for the parents.

Whilst suitable stem cells may be available from donor registries, having your child’s perfect match ready and waiting will ensure that they always have access to the treatment they need, without risk of rejection.

4 Million parents have banked worldwide

Bank it, don’t bin it

Cord blood is far too important to waste, yet, if it is not collected and banked, it is routinely thrown away. By storing your baby’s precious umbilical cord blood, you can ensure this valuable resource is always available to protect them for the rest of their life.

This is why over 4 million families worldwide have chosen to protect their baby’s health by banking their cord blood.

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