Parents’ Guide to

Cord Blood Banking

Parents’

Guide to Cord

Blood Banking

Stem cells save lives

Over the last 30 years cord blood stem cells have been used to improve and even save millions of lives.

They have the power to heal, regenerate and replace tissue within the human body and can restore function that has been lost as a result of injury or illness.

The potency of stem cells comes from their ability to become any cell within the human body; be it blood, nerve, muscle, cartilage and many more. Stem cell therapies harness this power to help the body to repair itself.

Stem cells – the future of medicine

Stem cells have already been used in over 1,000,000 transplants worldwide.

They are critical for the treatment of a huge range of blood and immune diseases and aid with the recovery of cancer sufferers on a routine basis.

The most exciting new developments using stem cells are emerging in the field of regenerative medicine.

This exciting new science aims to repair or replace human cells, tissue or organs so that they return to normal function, or even begin working properly for the very first time.

Scientists expect that within your baby’s lifetime, regenerative therapies using stem cells will provide the cures to diseases that represent death sentences today, and will even bring to reality developments that to our generation only seemed possible in science fiction.

Developments like growing replacement organs or restoring the ability to walk or see.

Stem cells – the future of medicine

Stem cells have already been used in over 1,000,000 transplants worldwide.

They are critical for the treatment of a huge range of blood and immune diseases and aid with the recovery of cancer sufferers on a routine basis.

The most exciting new developments using stem cells are emerging in the field of regenerative medicine.

This exciting new science aims to repair or replace human cells, tissue or organs so that they return to normal function, or even begin working properly for the very first time.

Scientists expect that within your baby’s lifetime, regenerative therapies using stem cells will provide the cures to diseases that represent death sentences today, and will even bring to reality developments that to our generation only seemed possible in science fiction.

Developments like growing replacement organs or restoring the ability to walk or see.

Not only have stem cells been used to save thousands of lives since 1956, they are now considered to be the future of medicine.

Transplant medicine

Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can transform into any type of blood cell, which is why they are critical to the routine treatment of many blood cancers and immune disorders:

Blood cancers
Leukaemia
Lymphoma Myeloma
Metabolic disorders
Krabbe Disease
Hurler Syndrome
Solid tumours
Neuroblastoma
Immune disorders
SCID
Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome
Blood disorders
Sickle Cell Anaemia
Aplastic Anaemia
Fanconi Anaemia

Regenerative medicine

This ground-breaking field uses stem cells to repair or replace damaged tissue and organs, and promises extraordinary medical advancements in your baby’s lifetime. In fact, there is a stem cell trial out there for almost every condition you can think of, including:

  • Cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bone fractures
  • Heart attack
  • Autism
  • Liver disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Tendon & ligament injury
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • And thousands more…

What makes my baby’s cord blood stem cells so special?

Collecting umbilical cord blood at birth is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the most powerful source of stem cells your baby will ever have.

They are critical for the treatment of a huge range of blood and immune diseases and aid with the recovery of cancer sufferers on a routine basis.

Stem cells from the umbilical cord are the youngest and most potent available, meaning they can differentiate into the largest number of stem cell types.

As a result, they offer the best treatment opportunities possible and could be used to treat the widest range of conditions.

Your baby’s cord blood stem cells are also their own perfect genetic match. This means that replacement cells are available for treatment without any risk of rejection or long term complications, and that they are ready and waiting to be released the moment your child needs them.

They even have a 1 in 4 chance of being a perfect match for your baby’s brothers and sisters too.

Cord blood stem cells are simply far too precious to waste.

Protect your baby’s future, today

By saving your baby’s cord blood the day they are born, you could help protect their health, for the rest of their life.

Your baby could be part of the first generation to live beyond 100.  Imagine the number of conditions that we will be able to treat using stem cells within their lifetime.

There are currently over 6,500 clinical trials investigating the use of stem cells in regenerative therapy to treat a vast array of diseases – conditions that may not begin to affect your baby until they are heading into old age.

These include:

  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Osteoporosis

Unique to Cells4Life

Your baby’s cord blood is precious. It could save their life.

That is why we have designed everything from our systems and processes, to the range of services that we offer, and even the way in which we store your baby’s cord blood, to give your child access to the best treatment opportunities available.

It’s no wonder we are the UK’s largest cord blood bank.

Multiple treatments

We give you the choice to store your baby’s cord blood and tissue in multiple samples, enabling more than one stem cell treatment if required.

Dual storage locations

We give you the option to split your baby’s samples across two storage facilities. If there were ever a problem at one, you can rest assured that the remainder of your baby’s stem cells are safely preserved at the other.

24/7 365 days per year service

We understand that your baby could come at any time, day or night, which is why all of our services operate 24 hours per day, on every single day of the year.

Optimised for delayed cord clamping

Our patented technology means we can process even very small quantities of cord blood and because we deliver 3 times more stem cells these samples are equivalent to much larger ones processed using another method.

Unique to Cells4Life

Your baby’s cord blood is precious. It could save their life.

That is why we have designed everything from our systems and processes, to the range of services that we offer, and even the way in which we store your baby’s cord blood, to give your child access to the best treatment opportunities available.

It’s no wonder we are the UK’s largest cord blood bank.

Multiple treatments

We give you the choice to store your baby’s cord blood and tissue in multiple samples, enabling more than one stem cell
treatment if required.

24/7 365 days per year service

We understand that your baby could come at any time, day or night, which is why all of our services operate 24 hours per day, on every single day of the year.

Dual storage locations

We give you the option to split your baby’s samples across two storage facilities. If there were ever a problem at one, you can rest assured that the remainder of your baby’s stem cells are safely preserved at the other.

Optimised for delayed cord clamping

Our patented technology means we can process even very small quantities of cord blood and because we deliver 3 times more stem cells these samples are equivalent to much larger ones processed using another method.

The UK’s most popular service

Number of cells matters. CellsPlus gives you 3x more than any other company.

The single most important consideration when storing your baby’s cord blood is making sure that you retain the highest number of stem cells possible. Number of cells is so important as it could mean the difference between only having enough for a small child, and being able to treat an adult. The more the better.

Unlike most banks, who use processing systems that lose up to 75% of cells, we have developed our CellsPlus service to provide the maximum number possible at the point of treatment. In fact, we retain 3 times more cells than any other method. This means that any stem cell treatments your baby needs are more likely to be successful, and that their sample may be used throughout their life.

Your baby’s stem cells could be so important: why risk throwing them away?

Stem cell insurance

We are offered insurance for pretty much everything these days – how many of us actually want it?

But, if a member of your family needs a stem cell treatment, that is a very different situation. The treatment may not be in the UK and it could cost over £100,000. And then there are the additional expenses of travel and living away from home.

That’s why we have developed stem cell insurance policies that are genuinely useful.

+PROTECT covers up to £250,000 worth of stem cell treatment related expenses, and would even cover the costs of sourcing additional or alternate stem cells if they are required.

+PROTECTExtra covers up to £250,000 worth of stem cell treatment related expenses, and would even cover the costs of sourcing additional or alternate stem cells if they are required.

Stem cell insurance

We are offered insurance for pretty much everything these days – how many of us actually want it?

But, if a member of your family needs a stem cell treatment, that is a very different situation. The treatment may not be in the UK and it could cost over £100,000. And then there are the additional expenses of travel and living away from home.

That’s why we have developed stem cell insurance policies that are genuinely useful.

+PROTECT covers up to £250,000 worth of stem cell treatment related expenses, and would even cover the costs of sourcing additional or alternate stem cells if they are required.

+PROTECTExtra covers up to £250,000 worth of stem cell treatment related expenses, and would even cover the costs of sourcing additional or alternate stem cells if they are required.

What our customers say

Here, some of our families share their experiences about banking cord blood with Cells4Life:

“At the international level, you witness the magic that stem cells can do for injuries. When we found out that cord blood was the  best source of stem cells Hinaya could have, we knew we had to do this for her.”

Harbhajan Singh & Geeta Basra, Indian International Cricketer and Bollywood Actress

“Our eldest son Jay has cerebral palsy and like any mother, I will do everything possible to make life better for him. We discovered that cord blood stem cells could help treat his condition and we are eternally grateful to Cells4Life, not only for the support they provided when storing my younger son’s cord blood, but also for going out of their way to help promote our fundraising efforts for Jay’s pioneering treatment.”

Shilpa Shetty, used cord blood to treat cerebral palsy in 2018

“I have used C4L a total of 3 times! I’ve had a natural with epidural birth, water birth with gas and air, and a caesarean birth and I can honestly say with each birth the process of cord blood collection was so easy!”

Catherine McCormack, 3 times Cells4Life customer

“The service I received was brilliant. The sign up process was very quick, which I appreciated since it wasn’t long until my due date. Everyone I dealt with was very friendly and happy to answer all my questions. They couldn’t have been more helpful and were extremely professional throughout.”

Zoe Gillings-Brier, Team GB Olympic Snowboarder

“Fantastic process, start to finish. Sammy was excellent, and showered us with tons of help and support, via phone and e-mail. The collection process was efficient and easy, with the phlebotomist showing infinite patience over the 24 hours he was involved. Prices are very fair for the level of service and personal care offered. Hopefully we will never need to use the product, but it’s reassuring to know it’s there as an option. Couldn’t recommend Cells4Life enough.”

Lee Benson, First-time dad in 2018

What our customers say

Here, some of our families share their experiences about banking cord blood with Cells4Life:

“At the international level, you witness the magic that stem cells can do for injuries. When we found out that cord blood was the  best source of stem cells Hinaya could have, we knew we had to do this for her.”

Harbhajan Singh & Geeta Basra

Indian International Cricketer and Bollywood Actress

“Our eldest son Jay has cerebral palsy and like any mother, I will do everything possible to make life better for him. We discovered that cord blood stem cells could help treat his condition and we are eternally grateful to Cells4Life, not only for the support they provided when storing my younger son’s cord blood, but also for going out of their way to help promote our fundraising efforts for Jay’s pioneering treatment.”

Shilpa Shetty

Used cord blood to treat cerebral palsy in 2018

“I have used C4L a total of 3 times! I’ve had a natural with epidural birth, water birth with gas and air, and a caesarean birth and I can honestly say with each birth the process of cord blood collection was so easy!”

Catherine McCormack

3 times Cells4Life customer

“The service I received was brilliant. The sign up process was very quick, which I appreciated since it wasn’t long until my due date. Everyone I dealt with was very friendly and happy to answer all my questions. They couldn’t have been more helpful and were extremely professional throughout.”

Zoe Gillings-Brier

Team GB Olympic Snowboarder

“Fantastic process, start to finish. Sammy was excellent, and showered us with tons of help and support, via phone and e-mail. The collection process was efficient and easy, with the phlebotomist showing infinite patience over the 24 hours he was involved. Prices are very fair for the level of service and personal care offered. Hopefully we will never need to use the product, but it’s reassuring to know it’s there as an option. Couldn’t recommend Cells4Life enough.”

Lee Benson

First-time dad in 2018

Our releases

Selecting a cord blood bank to protect your baby’s stem cells could be one of the most important decisions you ever make, so you will want to choose a bank with experience in releasing stem cells for treatments.

We are one of the longest serving cord blood banks in Europe and our experience speaks for itself. In 2014 we even became the first UK cord blood bank to provide cord tissue for therapy.

YearTreatment CentreMedical conditionSample providedRecipient
2012Imperial Trust, UKBlood disorderCord bloodSibling
2012Duke University, USACerebral injuryCord blood - Sufficient for two treatments; further cord blood remains in storage with Cells4LifeDonor
2013Imperial Trust, UKLeukaemiaCord bloodSibling
2014Guy's & St Thomas', UK,Patient specific therapyCord tissueSibling
2015Duke University, USAAcquired brain injuryCord blood - 5ml released (transfusion 1)Donor
2015Duke University, USAAcquired brain injuryCord blood - 5ml (transfusion 2)Donor
2016Duke University, USAAcquired brain injuryCord blood - 57 ml (transfusion 3)Donor
2016Duke University, USAPerinatal strokeCord bloodDonor
2017Duke University, USAAutismCord bloodDonor
2018Duke University, USACerebral palsyCord bloodSibling
2018Duke University, USAAutismCord bloodDonor
2018St Mary's London, UKDiamond Blackfan AnaemiaCord bloodSibling
2018Duke University, USAAutismCord bloodDonor

Over half of the stem cells that we have released have been for experimental regenerative therapies.

Our releases

Selecting a cord blood bank to protect your baby’s stem cells could be one of the most important decisions you ever make, so you will want to choose a bank with experience in releasing stem cells for treatments.

We are one of the longest serving cord blood banks in Europe and our experience speaks for itself. In 2014 we even became the first UK cord blood bank to provide cord tissue for therapy.

YearTreatment CentreMedical conditionSample providedRecipient
2012Imperial Trust, UKBlood disorderCord bloodSibling
2012Duke University, USACerebral injuryCord bloodDonor
2013Imperial Trust, UKLeukaemiaCord bloodSibling
2014Guy's & St Thomas', UK,Patient specific therapyCord tissueSibling
2015Duke University, USAAcquired brain injuryCord bloodDonor
2015Duke University, USAAcquired brain injuryCord bloodDonor
2016Duke University, USAAcquired brain injuryCord bloodDonor
2016Duke University, USAPerinatal strokeCord bloodDonor
2017Duke University, USAAutismCord bloodDonor
2018Duke University, USACerebral palsyCord bloodSibling
2018Duke University, USAAutismCord bloodDonor
2018St Mary's London, UKDiamond Blackfan AnaemiaCord bloodSibling
2018Duke University, USAAutismCord bloodDonor

Over half of the stem cells that we have released have been for experimental regenerative therapies.

Simple, quick, completely safe

Cord blood banking could not be easier.

The birth of your baby will be one of the most significant days of your life. Nothing should get in the way.

We have designed our service so that cord blood collection has no impact upon your birth plan and will never interfere with those first precious moments with your baby. In fact, it actually takes place in a completely separate room after you have given birth.

Simple, quick, completely safe

Cord blood banking could not be easier.

The birth of your baby will be one of the most significant days of your life. Nothing should get in the way.

We have designed our service so that cord blood collection has no impact upon your birth plan and will never interfere with those first precious moments with your baby. In fact, it actually takes place in a completely separate room after you have given birth.

Simple, quick, completely safe

Cord blood banking could not be easier.

The birth of your baby will be one of the most significant days of your life. Nothing should get in the way.

We have designed our service so that cord blood collection has no impact upon your birth plan and will never interfere with those first precious moments with your baby. In fact, it actually takes place in a completely separate room after you have given birth.

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