Cord Blood Banking

What is cord blood banking?

What Is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord after your baby is born. Umbilical cord blood contains many types of stem cells with an abundance of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs). Stem cells are powerful cells that have the natural ability to turn into other types of cells, regenerate, renew, and replace damaged cells with healthy ones. These unique qualities make stem cells valuable. 

The Hematopoietic Stem Cells found in cord blood are responsible for the development of your baby’s blood and immune system. In fact, HSCs are responsible for maintaining our blood and immune system throughout life! 

Cord Blood Stem Cells 
Cord Blood Stem Cells

For over thirty years, cord blood stem cells have been used for stem cell transplants to help rebuild a new healthy blood and immune system in patients. And because of their unique qualities, researchers are now exploring the use of cord blood cells in regenerative medicine research to see if cord blood can stimulate the body’s own repair system for certain conditions, like autism. 


What is Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood banking is not a new concept. Families have been banking cord blood for decades and, more importantly, so many families have benefited from their decision to bank.

After your baby is born, even after delayed cord clamping, you can collect and store the cord blood, or 'bank' it, for your family. Cord blood banking, sometimes called stem cell banking or stem cell preservation, is the process of collecting the blood that remains in the umbilical cord, processing the blood to extract the stem cells, and cryogenically freezing the cells for potential future medical use. 


Get More From Your Baby's Cord Blood with ViaCord

Celiac Risk Screen

In addition to being a rich source of stem cells, your baby's cord blood holds a wealth of health information. At ViaCord we recognize this and know how helpful the information can be for parents. That's why we go beyond simply banking the cord blood by analyzing it for genetic markers tied to celiac disease. We do this at no additional cost to help families manage their future health. 

Learn more about our Celiac Risk Screen


Celiac Risk Screen with Cord Blood Banking

See How Cord Blood Banking Is Helping Families Today

Over 500 ViaCord families have used their banked cord blood for a transplant or clinical research. For many families, like the Krebbs family, having access to their baby’s cord blood made a world of difference in their lives. 


Meet The Krebbs Family

Reasons To Bank Cord Blood

Families choose cord blood banking for their baby for many reasons, including:

Peace of Mind  
Families find peace of mind knowing they’ll have access to a potential medical resource if ever needed.

Proven Uses
Cord blood has been used in transplant medicine for over thirty years and can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 conditions today.

Ongoing Research
Regenerative medicine clinical trials are using cord blood for conditions like autism and cerebral palsy.

Easy Access
The umbilical cord provides an easy and non-invasive way to secure valuable stem cells, unlike securing stem cells from bone marrow, which is an invasive and painful procedure or trying to find a match in a Public Cord Blood bank

Lock In The Youth
Collecting stem cells moments after birth mean they haven’t been exposed to potentially harmful factors, like age or disease, impacting stem cells collected later in life.

Keep It In Your Family 
Your baby is always a perfect genetic match to his or her cord blood stem cells and full siblings have a change of being a partial genetic match.


Who Can Use Your Baby's Cord Blood?

There is often confusion over who can use cord blood stem cells in treatment — the baby they were collected from or a sibling? The short answer is both, but it very much depends on the condition being treated. And it's ultimately the treating physician's decision.


Your Baby May Use Cord Blood
Your Baby

Your baby may be able to use his or her own cord blood in the treatment of certain non-genetic diseases and cancers. Participation in some clinical trials require children to have access to their own cord blood. Possible uses include:

Neuroblastoma | Autism | Cerebral Palsy



A Sibling May Use Cord Blood
A Sibling

A sibling in need of a stem cells donor may be able to use your baby's cord blood. Treatments using cord blood from a family member are about twice as successful as those from a non-relative. Possible uses include:

Blood Disorders | Cancers | Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes 

 

Learn more about how cord blood can be used


How Is Cord Blood Collected?

Collecting cord blood is safe, painless and will not interfere with your birth plan or your bonding time with your new baby. After your baby is born the umbilical cord will be clamped and cut. Using ViaCord's collection kit, your medical professional will insert a needle into the umbilical cord and let the remaining blood drain into our collection bag. 

When the collection is complete, we send a courier to your location to pick up your collection kit and transport it to ViaCord’s Processing Lab. Once at our lab, ViaCord lab specialists get to work processing the cord blood to get you the highest volume and quality of stem cells possible. 

Learn more about ViaCord's processing and storage methods


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. Here’s how it works:

 

Step 1 - Enroll With ViaCord.

 Enroll with ViaCord in minutes online or by calling 866-668-4895

Step 2 - ViaCord Will Ship Your Collection Kit.

We’ll ship you your ViaCord collection kit


Step 3 - Bring Your Collection Kit To The Hospital.

Bring your collection kit to the hospital on the big day! Give it to your healthcare professional.  


Step 5 - ViaCord Will Pick Up Your Collection Kit

Call us when the collection is complete and we’ll send a courier to pick it up at your location. 


Step-5-ViaCord Will Arrange Transportation To Our Lab

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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