Umbilical Cord Banking
Your baby's umbilical cord can nurture life long after pregnancy.
Umbilical cord banking is the process of collecting and storing the stem cells found within the blood of the umbilical cord, known as a cord blood, as well as the stem cells found within the tissue of the umbilical cord, known as cord tissue. Stem cells are unique cells with the qualities to help repair and heal the body.
Typically the umbilical cord is thrown away as medical waste, however with the knowledge that the umbilical cord is a rich source of valuable stem cells, more and more families are choosing to save, or ‘bank’, their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue.
Through the science of cord blood and cord tissue banking, your family may benefit from your baby's stem cells.
Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking
See 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:
Why Bank Your Baby's Cord Blood and Cord Tissue?
An opportunity to help plan for your family's future health.
When you collect cord blood and cord tissue moments after birth, the stem cells within haven't been exposed to potentially harmful factors impacting stem cells collected later in life. Capturing your baby's stem cells in their young and pristine state could prove to be an invaluable medical resource for your family in the future.
Cord Blood has been used in transplant medicine for nearly 30 years and can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 different diseases today. Over the last few years, cord blood applications have expanded beyond transplant medicine into clinical research trials in regenerative medicine for conditions like autism and brain injuries.
Cord Tissue contains a special kind of stem cell — different from cord blood stem cells. In research settings cord tissue has shown potential to treat medical conditions affecting cartilage, muscle, and nerve cells - such as Parkinson's disease, lung cancer and sports injuries (cartilage).
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:
1. Enroll with ViaCord online or by calling 866-668-4895
2. We’ll mail you your ViaCord collection kit.
3. Bring your collection kit to the hospital on the big day! Give it to your healthcare professional.
4. Call us when the collection is complete and we'll send a courier to pick it up at your location.
5. We'll arrange transport of your collection to our processing lab. Our 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.
Learn more about how our processing and storage methods