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Cord Blood & Cord Tissue Banking
Here are just a few questions that parents often have regarding cord blood and cord tissue banking. Learn why your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue are so important, and how they benefit your baby as well as your family! If you have a question that is not listed, please contact StemCyte's knowledgeable and friendly customer service team.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many parents have banked their newborn’s cord blood and why?
Today, more than seven million parents have banked their newborn’s cord blood in order to preserve the valuable stem cells located within the cord blood. Cord blood stem cells have been FDA approved in the treatment of 80+ health conditions and diseases. In fact, the cord blood stem cells can be used to treat your newborn as well as their biological siblings and parents for years to come.
How long has cord blood banking been around?
Cord blood banking and stem cell transplants have been around for more than 30 years. The first successful cord blood transplant took place in France in 1988. The recipient was Matthew Farrow, a five-year-old with a rare blood disorder. The donor was Matthew’s sister. Today Matthew is a healthy husband and father. He remains a strong advocate of cord blood banking.
What are the odds that my baby or family will need the banked cord blood?
At this time, research estimates that 1 out of 217 people will need a cord blood transplant at some point during their life. As more cord blood transplant treatments for health conditions and diseases are approved by the FDA, we expect the number of people who will need a transplant to increase over the years.
What is cord blood?
Cord blood is found in your newborn’s umbilical cord. This blood is collected right after birth, and may be sent to a cord blood bank where it is cryopreserved and stored for future use.
What are cord blood stem cells?
Stem cells are found in your newborn’s umbilical cord. They are valuable cells known as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These stem cells have been used for more than 30+ years to treat many diseases like leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and 80+ other diseases and conditions.These valuable and smart cells have the ability to develop into many different types of cells in the body. Stem cells heal and repair by finding damaged cells to fix or replace them.
What is cord tissue?
Cord tissue is your newborn’s umbilical cord, which contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These cells have amazing healing properties–they can regenerate cartilage, ligaments, bone and nerve cells. Current research has had promising results in using cord tissue stem cells to treat many diseases like cerebral palsy, autism, spinal cord injury, heart diseases, strokes, and even Alzheimer’s.
What diseases are treated with cord blood stem cells?
To date, there have been more than 40,000 cord blood stem cell transplants around the world. The stem cells in cord blood are used as a standard treatment for a variety of 80+ diseases, including blood disorders, certain cancers, metabolic disorders, and immune deficiencies. Cord blood stem cells are also being investigated as treatments for many other conditions and diseases, including autism, cerebral palsy, heart disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
How is cord blood collected?
Your physician will collect the umbilical cord blood just a few minutes after birth, and after the cord has been clamped and cut. The blood is drawn from the umbilical cord via a needle and collected into a sterile collection bag. It literally takes only minutes to collect the cord blood and is painless to mother and baby.
Where can I get a collection kit?
Cord blood collection kits can be ordered through your physician, online via StemCyte's COMPARE OPTIONS page, or through our customer service center by calling 888.885.4088. Our trained cord blood specialists are always happy to answer any of your questions.
What are my options for cord blood storage?
When you give birth, you have three options for your newborn’s cord blood:
1. Private cord blood banking: Cord blood is stored at a private cord blood bank for a fee, for future use by your baby and for your family.
2. Public donation: Cord blood is donated anonymously to a public cord blood bank to be used by someone in need of a stem cell transplant.
*Must give birth at a participating hospital.
3. Discard: If you choose not to privately bank or donate, cord blood is discarded.
How much does it cost to preserve my baby’s cord blood?
StemCyte has affordable payment options available for families choosing to preserve their baby’s cord blood. See all of your options on StemCyte's PRICING page.
Are there any guarantees?
Yes! We are dedicated to giving our families quality service and peace-of-mind. The investment to preserve your baby’s cord blood is protected with our StemCyte Care. It is important to know that no other company offers complete protection for your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue. LEARN MORE ABOUT STEMCYTE CARE
Do you offer any cord blood processing options?
Yes, StemCyte offers two ways to preserve your newborn’s cord blood. MaxCell® is StemCyte’s patented method of processing where only the plasma layer is removed. Research studies show that this method yields a higher recovery of TNC (Total Nucleated Cells). The higher the TNC, the greater chance of engraftment.
StandardCell® is a processing method where plasma and a majority of red blood cells are removed. It is the most common and automated method of processing cord blood.
Should I consider delayed cord clamping and still collect cord blood?
We recommend discussing this option with your doctor. You can also visit Parent's Guide To Cord Blood Banking Foundation to learn more about this topic.
Are there any benefits for my other children?
If you have a child in need of a stem cell transplant, StemCyte’s Sibling Donor Program makes it possible for you to store your newborn’s cord blood stem cells for free to help a qualifying sibling. With StemCyte's HLA matching service, doctors can quickly and more efficiently determine if the siblings are a good match. In most cases when transplants are needed, full biological siblings have a higher probability of being a match.
Why should I choose StemCyte?
StemCyte is the #1 recommended and most trusted cord blood company by leading OB/GYN’s and transplant physicians worldwide.
StemCyte has more than 23+ years experience in cord blood banking and regenerative medicine. In fact, we have provided more cord blood units than ALL other private cord blood banks combined! StemCyte has shipped cord blood to more than 350 transplant centers spanning six continents!
We are proud to say that we are also the largest Hybrid cord blood bank with the most racially diverse cord blood inventory in the world. With the highest accreditations in the industry, StemCyte is the only company offering complete protection and a guarantee with our StemCyte Care. We are therapeutic pioneers, partnering with renowned medical institutions like Rutgers University and Duke University to conduct FDA-approved clinical trials using cord blood and cord tissue stem cells to find treatments and cures for many more conditions and diseases.
“Saving and improving quality of lives has always been our mission.”