Why Do Parents Bank Their Baby’s Cord Blood and Tissue?
There are many reasons why parents choose to bank their baby's cord blood and cord tissue. Cord blood and tissue banking is an opportunity to help plan for your family's future. Many parents choose to bank for simple peace of mind, knowing that they will have a potential medical resource available to them if ever needed. Others bank because there is a family history of a condition that can currently use stem cells from cord blood in treatment. In recent years, an increasing number of parents are choosing to store cord blood and cord tissue because clinical trial research for conditions like autism and cerebral palsy.
How Does Umbilical Cord Banking Work?
The umbilical cord is often thrown away as medical waste, however the blood within the umbilical cord and the surrounding tissue contain an abundance of different types of valuable stem cells. Stem cells are unique cells with the qualities to help repair and heal the body. Shortly after birth, when the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, the cord blood and tissue can easily be collected. The stem cells can then be extracted and cryopreserved, or ‘banked’, for years to come if they are ever needed.
Through the science of cord blood and cord tissue banking, your family may benefit from your baby's stem cells.
Why Bank Cord Blood?
Cord Blood contains many types of stem cells, including hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which can produce cells that make up the blood and immune system. Here are at least three reasons to bank cord blood:
#1 Cord blood provides easy access to valuable stem cells that are in their young and pristine state.
#2 Nearly 80 diseases can use cord blood today including:
Bone marrow failure syndromes
#3 Regenerative medicine research is using cord blood for conditions like:
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Why Bank Cord Tissue?
Cord tissue is loaded mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which are different than the HSCs found in cord blood. The qualities of MSCs have researchers excited about their potential to help conditions with no cure today. Here are at least three reasons to bank cord tissue:
#1 Cord tissue provides easy access to valuable stem cells that are in their young and pristine state.
#2 Potential use for cartilage, muscle, and nerve conditions like:
#3 Immediate biological family members could benefit from your baby’s cord tissue stem cells.
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Is Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking Worth It?
Take a look at what cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are are all about, how they can be used, and the benefits of banking them for your family's potential future use. We're confident you'll see just how special your baby's cord blood and tissue are:
How Does Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking Work?
ViaCord makes banking easy.
We’ve developed our process to make baking your baby’s cord blood and tissue as easy and convenient as possible. Everything your medical professional needs to perform the collection is included in your ViaCord collection kit.
Simple and safe, the collection process won’t interfere with your birth plan, or your bonding time with your newborn. Here’s how it works:
Enroll with ViaCord in minutes online or by calling 866-668-4895
We’ll ship you your ViaCord collection kit.
Bring your collection kit to the hospital on the big day! Give it to your healthcare professional.
Call us when the collection is complete and we’ll send a courier to pick it up at your location.
We’ll arrange transport of your collection to our lab. ViaCord's Processing Lab operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
That’s it! We’ll let you know when your kit arrives at our lab for processing.
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