What is Cord Blood?

The blood within your newborn baby’s umbilical cord contains young stem cells that can renew themselves and become specialized. These cord blood stem cells have been proven in treatment to help children replace damaged blood cells with healthy ones and strengthen their immune systems. Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing these stem cells for potential medical use.

Cord Blood Banking 101 - Understanding The Basics

Learning about cord blood banking shouldn't have to be confusing - or boring. Watch Rosie Pope talk to one of our stem cell experts (who also happens to be a former RN and Labor & Delivery nurse) as she helps break it all down, and asks the questions every parent has: 'What are cord blood stem cells?', 'Does anyone really use them?', 'Is it worth it?' - and more!

Why is cord blood special?

Nearly half of all pediatric transplants worldwide now involve cord blood.3a To date, 35,000 transplants have been performed using these amazing healing cells, but it only takes one happy ending to understand why cord blood is so special.4

You'll find more compelling experiences in our Families Stories section. For a quick summary of all things that make cord blood awesome, see our easy to read (and share) infographic.

Collection is fast, simple and painless.

The collection of your baby’s cord blood happens the day your baby is born. It won't harm mom or baby and it won't disrupt your birth plan. After delivery it’s standard procedure for your doctor or midwife to clamp and cut the umbilical cord. Using ViaCord’s collection kit, they will then insert a needle into the cord to collect the remaining blood. Once the collection is complete, they will seal the bag, attach the pre-printed label with your family’s information, and place it in the collection kit. A medical courier will pick up the kit from your hospital room and transport it to ViaCord’s state-of-the-art lab and storage facility, where lab specialists will process the cord blood in preparation for long-term storage. For more information, visit our Collection & Transport page.

Our Dedicated Transplant Program for Siblings

ViaCord's Sibling Connection Program, a dedicated transplant program for siblings, was designed to help families in need of a stem cell transplant. This program provides ViaCord's cord blood + cord tissue banking services at no cost to expecting parents. A family with a child with an established diagnosis of a disease that is currently treatable with sibling cord blood may be eligible.