4 Reasons to Save Your Child's
Cord Blood and Cord Lining

Cord Blood Stem Cells Hold the Power to Cure Over 80 Diseases

Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 diseases. Doctors have increasingly turned to cord blood stem cells as a lifesaving alternative to bone marrow stem cells, because cord blood stem cells do not need to be as closely matched to the patient, so there is a greater likelihood of finding an appropriate match.

Every day, stem cell research is exploring new ways to use cord blood stem cells to treat common diseases. Examples of these diseases include spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and diabetes.

StemCyte™ offers both private and public banking. Private banking allows you to save your cord blood for your own use, while public banking allows you to donate your cord blood and give the gift of life to someone in need of a stem cell transplant.

It's a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Protect Your Child's Long-Term Health

Your baby's umbilical cord blood and cord tissue are rich sources of stem cells. These cells are genetically unique to each person and have the ability to renew and replace cells in the blood, tissues, organs, and the immune system. When you bank your baby's cord blood and cord lining, you preserve unique biological resources that can serve as a "self-repair kit" for your child—and possibly other family members too.

Cord blood and cord tissue are collected in the first few minutes after birth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In order to save these lifesaving, genetically unique cells, you must make the decision to collect before delivery and ideally in your second or third trimester. When you register, you will be given a collection kit to bring to the hospital when the baby is born. In some instances, you can get a collection kit when you arrive at the hospital, but not all hospitals have this option, so the sooner you enroll, the better.

Your Baby's Cord Blood Stem Cells are a Potential Match for Other Family Members Too

Your baby's cord blood cells are a perfect match for your baby. In technical terms, this means that it is a perfect HLA [HOVER DEFINITION: Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are markers a doctor uses to match tissue and/or stem cells.] tissue type match.

Use of newborn stem cells will be determined by the treating physician who will consider if they are applicable for the condition and should come from the patient or a suitable donor. Biological parents will always be a partial match. Siblings from the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match and a 50% chance of being a partial match.

When You Bank With StemCyte™, You Bank on the Future of Emerging Research

With successful transplants and breakthroughs in stem cell research occurring every day, more and more expectant parents have chosen to bank their newborn's cord blood and tissue. Researchers are already studying the effects that cord blood stem cells have on spinal cord injury, brain injury, type 1 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

Recent clinical trials using stem cells from umbilical cord lining have shown promising treatment outcomes in the area of regenerative medicine, especially potential therapies for conditions like heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. Stem cells from cord lining are also able to renew and replace skin cells (burn treatment), cartilage cells, fat cells, bone cells, cornea cells, liver cells, mucin producing cells, and inner ear cells1.

"Stem cell-like properties of human umbilical cord lining epithelial cells and the potential for epidermal reconstitution" Cytotherapy ( The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Vol 13, issue 2 pp 145-155 Feb 2011

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