What is cord blood banking?

Your baby’s umbilical cord is possibly the richest available source of stem cells they will ever have.

What is cord blood banking?

Your baby’s umbilical cord is possibly the richest available source of stem cells they will ever have.

What is cord blood banking?

Your baby’s umbilical cord is possibly the richest available source of stem cells they will ever have.

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?

Your baby’s umbilical cord is possibly the richest available source of stem cells they will ever have. With cord blood banking, you can collect these powerful cells from the umbilical cord and placenta and store them for use in stem cell therapies.

In the future, they could be used to repair your baby’s damaged tissue, regenerate old organs or even replace body parts.

Today, cord blood banking is already changing lives and there have already been more than 1 million stem cell transplants around the world since the 1980s.[1]

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 cerebral palsy, autism and diabetes.[2]

More than a decade ago, it was predicted that 1 in 3 of us will require a regenerative therapy.[3] Today, those chances are even higher. As part of the first generation to live beyond 100 – choosing cord blood banking ensures your baby will have their own stem cells ready for use if they ever need them.

You only get one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood – in the moments after birth. To receive more information about the cord blood banking process and cord blood storage benefits, download your Parents’ Guide now.

Read our stem cell storage FAQs for answers to the most common questions about cord blood banking and stem cell storage.


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?

Your baby’s umbilical cord is possibly the richest available source of stem cells they will ever have. With cord blood banking, you can collect these powerful cells from the umbilical cord and placenta and store them for use in stem cell therapies.

In the future, they could be used to repair your baby’s damaged tissue, regenerate old organs or even replace body parts.

Today, cord blood banking is already changing lives and there have already been more than 1 million stem cell transplants around the world since the 1980s.[1]

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 cerebral palsy, autism and diabetes.[2][3]

More than a decade ago, it was predicted that 1 in 3 of us will require a regenerative therapy.[4] Today, those chances are even higher. As part of the first generation to live beyond 100 – choosing cord blood banking ensures your baby will have their own stem cells ready for use if they ever need them.

You only get one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood – in the moments after birth. To receive more information about the cord blood banking process and cord blood storage benefits, download your Parents’ Guide now.

Read our stem cell storage FAQs for answers to the most common questions about cord blood banking and stem cell storage.

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What are the benefits of cord blood banking?

Here’s why you should save cord blood today:

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Safe
Umbilical cord blood banking is completely risk-free, and non-invasive, yet could protect your baby for the rest of their life. In fact, the procedure takes place in another room after the third stage of labour, so it does not have an impact on your birthing plan.

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Unique
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are pure and plastic, meaning that they can become almost any cell in the human body. Saving baby’s cord blood at birth is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to help them access certain stem cell types that are only found in cord blood.

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Perfect
Your baby’s cord blood is their perfect biological match – without the risk of rejection that would come with other transplants. It could also be a match for a siblings, and a good enough match for parents.

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Powerful
Cord blood banking preserves powerful stem cells. These cells have the ability to treat more than 80 conditions and are the subject of more than 7,000 clinical trials for various regenerative therapies.

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 will be able to benefit from the future of stem cell medicine.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TREATMENTS USING CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS 

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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 cord blood banking benefits when you choose to store with with Cells4Life:

  • 3x more stem cells when you upgrade to CellsPlus*
  • Multiple treatments
  • 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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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. Either your consultant or a trained and licensed phlebotomist, provided by Cells4Life, can perform the collection. Once they collect the cord blood, 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 member 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? 

Why bank cord blood?

Perfect Match

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 is always a partial match for the parents.

Whilst suitable stem cells may be available from donor registries, the chances of finding a tissue match can be as low as 30%. Having your child’s perfect match ready and waiting ensures 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.[6]

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4 Million parents have banked worldwide

How is cord blood used? The future of medicine

Uses of cord blood are increasing faster than ever before as the promise of regenerative medicine is realised. Currently, there are more than 1,000 clinical trials investigating umbilical cord blood – and new discoveries happen all the time.[7]At Cells4Life, we have already released 13 cord blood samples for the treatment of conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and diamond blackfan anaemia.

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Why should I bank my baby’s own cord blood?

Cord blood banking preserves powerful stem cells and ensures your baby can enjoy the benefits of cord blood storage:

Cord blood banking preserves powerful stem cells

Choice

Banking your child’s own cord blood and tissue means that they, and the rest of your family, have exclusive use of the stem cells – how you need them, when you need them.
Unique stem cells in cord blood

Protection

Your baby’s cord blood is their perfect biological match, which means treatments can take place without risk of rejection. It is also possible siblings and parents can use the sample too.
Cord blood is a perfect match

Security

The chances of finding a stem cell match in a public cord blood bank can be as low as 30% and for some ethnic groups, as low as 1 in 500,000. Private cord blood banking ensures your child’s perfect match is ready and waiting, whenever they need it.
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Quick questions…

How is umbilical cord blood collected?

First, your phlebotomist prepares the area and lays out the equipment in your collection kit. They then clean your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta with sterilising wipes to reduce the risk of contamination.

The phlebotomist collects the blood by inserting a blood bag needle into the umbilical vein. Once blood ceases to drain, they seal the bag and dispose of the needle.

The sample is labelled and placed into a protective overwrap. For cord tissue, a long undamaged section of the umbilical cord is selected and cut.

It is cleaned thoroughly and placed into the tissue pot along with saline solution. The pot is labelled and overwrapped, and both samples are packaged back into your collection kit.

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How is cord blood stored?

We store cord blood samples across our two UK facilities. In fact, we are the only cord blood bank in the UK to offer dual storage locations.

Is cord blood banking affordable?

The cost of cord blood banking does not have to be expensive. Pricing varies according to the process and service you choose. At Cells4Life, we offer a variety of different pricing plans, which start at £1495.

How can cord blood be used?

Today, cord blood can be used to treat more than 80 conditions. In future, it is expected to treat many other diseases and disorders as stem cell technology continues to advance.

Trials are already underway investigating the application of umbilical cord stem cells as a therapy for neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke and even autism. Progress has also been made for the treatment of diabetes and heart disease. One day, these powerful cells could even be used to regrow organs.

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*We have conducted in-house testing that shows TotiCyte recovers three times more stem cells at the point of therapy relative to our next best service, Cells. Cells is an industry standard service which uses AXP processing technology, which is used by the NHS and most cord blood banks in the USA. A summary of these experiments can be found here.

References

1. Gratwohl A et al. “One million haemopoietic stem-cell transplants: a retrospective observational study.” Lancet Haematology 2015 Mar;2(3):e91-100 <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26687803>
2. “Umbilical Cord Blood Improves Motor Skills in Some Children With Cerebral Palsy” Duke Health News & Media, accessed 18 March 2019, https://corporate.dukehealth.org/news-listing/umbilical-cord-blood-improves-motor-skills-some-children-cerebral-palsy
3. Harris, David T. “Cord Blood Stem Cells: A Review of Potential Neurological Applications” Stem Cell Review 2008 4:269–274 <https://stemcelltreatmentnow.com/files/studies/Cord-Blood-Stem-Cells-A-Review-of-Potential-Neurological-Applications.pdf>
4. Dawson et al. “Autologous Cord Blood Infusions Are Safe and Feasible in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of a Single‐Center Phase I Open‐Label Trial” Stem Cells Translational Medicine 6;5:1332-1339
5. Levitt, Alice. “A Ghost (Heart) of a Chance” Houstonia Magazine, accessed 18 March 2019. <https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2017/1/23/texas-heart-institute-new-research-ghost-heart>
6. Ballen KK et al. “Umbilical cord blood donation: public or private?” Bone Marrow Transplant 2015 Oct;50(10):1271-8
7. Clinical Trials Gov, accessed 18 March 2019, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?cond=&term=cord+blood&cntry=&state=&city=&dist=

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