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.

There have been more than 1 million stem cell transplants worldwide6 and they are being investigated in over 6,500 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 cerebral palsy, autism 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 Parents’ Guide.

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

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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.

There have been more than 1 million stem cell transplants worldwide6 and they are being investigated in over 6,500 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 cerebral palsy, autism 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 Parents’ Guide.

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

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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 baby’s cord blood at birth is your one chance to help them 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 – with 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
  • 3x 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. 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?

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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 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.

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4 Million parents have banked worldwide

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.

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

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 bank can be just 30% and for some ethnic groups as low 1 in 500,000. Private banking ensures your child’s perfect match is ready and waiting, whenever they needs 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 expensive?
The cost of cord blood banking varies according to the process and service you choose. At Cells4Life, we offer a variety of pricing plans, which start at £1495.
How can cord blood be used?
More than 80 conditions are treated with cord blood today. In future, this is expected to increase 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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