Placenta collection

Protect your baby’s future with Placental Cells collection – only with Cells4Life.

Placenta collection

Protect your baby’s future with Placental Cells collection – only with Cells4Life.

Placenta collection

Protect your baby’s future with Placental Cells collection – only with Cells4Life.

The power of your placenta continues long after your baby is born.

It contains billions of placenta cells, which are being investigated to treat conditions such as arthritis, stroke and diabetes. With Cells4Life’s placenta collection service, you can preserve this therapeutic potential for decades and protect your family’s long-term health.

What are placenta cells?

Cells4Life harvests placenta cells from the chorionic villi which are found within your placenta.

The chorionic villi are small, tree-like structures which extend outwards from the chorion. The chorion is the outer membrane of the sac which holds your baby during your pregnancy.

As your baby develops, the chorionic villi maximise contact with mum’s blood stream to ensure they receive all the essential nutrients and cells they need to grow in the womb.

This means that the chorionic villi are rich in powerful placenta cells. Thanks to placenta collection, these cells can continue to support your baby’s health for years to come.

Placenta and cord blood banking

We are the only stem cell bank in the UK to offer placenta storage, meaning you can choose both placenta and cord blood banking and maximise the therapeutic possibilities of your baby’s samples.

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Why collect Placental Cells?

Choosing placenta collection is an investment in your baby’s future. It ensures that they can access pioneering new therapies as they become available.

Powerful
Cells taken from the placenta are perinatal, which means that they are younger and more naïve, and therefore have greater potential in a variety of treatments.

Safe
Collecting Placental Cells is quick, simple, safe and completely non-invasive.

Unique
Cells from the chorionic villi are unique. They are a perfect match for your baby and can also be used by the mother in therapies. By choosing placenta collection, you can protect your whole family’s long-term health.

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What are Placental Cells and what can they do?

Scientists are still discovering potential uses for the chorionic villi, but they are showing incredible promise in an ever-growing list of treatments:

Heart disease
There are around 7.4m people with heart disease in the UK
Cells taken from prenatal sources, such as cells taken from chorionic villi, have great potential in cardiovascular tissue engineering. Scientists expect that they could be used to create heart valves, and maybe even replace blood vessels.

Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease affects 0.5-1% of people in the UK
Preclinical studies have used cells from the chorionic villi to decrease inflammation in the liver, which is a symptom of Crohn’s disease.

Osteoarthritis
8.75m people require treatment for osteoarthritis in the UK each year
In China, researchers are currently injecting chorionic-villi-derived cells into arthritic knees to determine if they can reduce inflammation, stiffness, pain and loss of movement.

Type 2 diabetes
3.5m people have type 2 diabetes in the UK
Cells from the chorionic villi have also been used in clinical trials for type 2 diabetes. After receiving cells from the placenta, patients with Type 2 diabetes experienced increased levels of insulin and 4 out of 10 patients reduced their insulin doses by more than 50%.

Ischaemic stroke
1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime
Animal studies also suggest that cells from the chorionic villi could be used to help patients recovering from a stroke, particularly due to their ability to promote growth in areas such as the brain.

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How does placenta collection and storage work?

Setting up your placenta collection is simple, safe and quick.

1. Request your welcome pack
Your placenta collection service begins by requesting a welcome pack to find out more about cord blood banking and placenta collection.

2. Order your placenta collection kit
Call 01444 873950 to order your placenta collection kit and get started with your service. To begin, you will need to complete some legal forms and we will then send your kit via next day delivery.

3. Advise your hospital
Collecting Placental Cells is straightforward but be sure to include our service in your birth plan. This ensures that your birthing team knows you have chosen Cells4Life.

4. Going to hospital
When you go to hospital, make sure you take your placenta collection kit with you and contact your phlebotomist.

5. Placenta collection
Once your baby is born and the placenta is delivered, the phlebotomist will use your placenta collection kit for the collection. This process will vary depending on whether you have chosen to also store cord blood and cord tissue.

6. Call the courier
Once the collection is complete, the collection kit will be returned to you. Call our 24/7 365 days a year courier, who will collect the kit and return it to our laboratory for processing.

Your Placental Cells sample will undergo testing and processing within 24 hours, and you will receive the initial results within two weeks.

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What happens on the day?

Adding placenta storage to your cord blood banking service does not alter the process on the day. We will still take care of everything, and your phlebotomist will simply make sure your placenta is included with the blood and tissue in your collection kit when it is sent back to us.

What does the placenta do?

During pregnancy, the placenta passes oxygen and nutrients from mum’s blood supply through the umbilical cord to baby. It also carries waste products, like carbon dioxide, back to mum whose body can process and remove them.

The placenta carries out several other vital functions – from producing hormones that support your baby’s development, to protecting against infection and providing antibodies to immunise your baby for three months after they are born.

Significantly, the placenta also contains stem cells, which help your baby to grow in the womb and can continue to protect their long-term health through placenta banking.

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Why choose Cells4Life?

Cells4Life is the only placenta storage bank in the UK. We are also the UK’s most popular cord blood bank, having stored more UK samples than any other.

Everything about our service has been designed to provide your baby and family with the best long-term health protection possible.

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

  • More cells for more treatment opportunities
  • Multiple sample and dual location storage
  • Stem cell insurance
  • Most comprehensive range of services
  • Year-round collection
  • Dedicated couriers
  • Industry-leading technology
  • HTA-licensed
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Why choose Cells4Life?

Cells4Life is the only placenta storage bank in the UK. We are also the UK’s most popular cord blood bank, having stored more UK samples than any other.

Everything about our service has been designed to provide your baby and family with the best long-term health protection possible.

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

  • More cells for more treatment opportunities
  • Multiple sample and dual location storage
  • Stem cell insurance
  • Most comprehensive range of services
  • Year-round collection
  • Dedicated couriers
  • Industry-leading technology
  • HTA-licensed
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Why choose Cells4Life?

Cells4Life is the only placenta storage bank in the UK. We are also the UK’s most popular cord blood bank, having stored more UK samples than any other.

Everything about our service has been designed to provide your baby and family with the best long-term health protection possible.

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

  • More cells for more treatment opportunities
  • Multiple sample and dual location storage
  • Stem cell insurance
  • Most comprehensive range of services
  • Year-round collection
  • Dedicated couriers
  • Industry-leading technology
  • HTA-licensed

Quick questions…

How much does it cost to collect placenta cells?

The price of placenta banking varies according to which service you choose. Storing just placental cells starts at £1,495, while storing placenta and amnion starts at £2,090. You can also choose to store your placenta alongside umbilical cord blood and cord tissue. You can find out more about your options on our pricing page.

Are the chorionic villi maternal or foetal?

The placenta is a maternal organ and belongs to the mother during pregnancy and after birth. That’s why we require the mother’s consent to collect the samples. However, once the placenta has been processed and the cells isolated, they will belong to your baby.

Latest placenta collection news

Read more about the potential uses and benefits of placenta collection and storage on our stem cell blog:

Scientists use stem cells to repair a cleft palate

Scientists use stem cells to repair a cleft palate

Umbilical cord stem cells could help to repair bone and tissue for babies born with a cleft palate. Researchers at Hospital De San Jose in Bogota, Colombia, tested cord blood stem cells on nine children in their trial. Results suggested that full recovery...

30 years of cord blood banking: then and now

30 years of cord blood banking: then and now

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Placenta stem cells treating lung disease

Placenta stem cells treating lung disease

The placenta could hold the key to treating premature babies suffering from chronic lung disease, thanks to a clinical trial taking place in Australia. Doctors at Monash Children’s Hospital, Victoria are using placenta stem cells in their trial, as a way...

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