Cord blood comes from a newborn’s umbilical cord and is rich in stem cells that are the building blocks of your blood and immune system.46 After your baby has been delivered, your doctor can collect the remaining blood for future medical use for your close family, otherwise it is just thrown away. The process is quick, easy, and there is no risk to mom or baby.
Cord blood contains stem cells: unique, powerfully smart cells. They have the capacity to regenerate damaged tissues, self-renew, and sustain long-term growth. Stem cells are being studied to improve the outcomes in many different types of disorders.
The stem cells found in cord blood are currently being used to regenerate organ tissue, blood, and the immune system to heal 17:
Newborn stem cells can help heal the body by promoting recovery and offer an enormous amount of therapeutic potential. 7 Stem cells from cord blood are unique in several ways: 1,6,7
The blood left inside the umbilical cord after birth contains stem cells. These cells are the building blocks of our blood and immune system. 46 Stem cells are “master cells” of the body with a special ability to heal and create new healthy blood and tissue cells. 7 Cord tissue also contains stem cells that can also be saved. Research into the use of these cells shows that they may have healing potential for many common diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. 11,15,16
There are individuals for whom it may be more difficult to find a suitable donor from public banks. This includes individuals of mixed ethnicities and individuals who are adopted or conceived through surrogacy/egg/sperm donation may not have a relationship with the biological relatives that could be matches if they need a donor. In addition, parents with a family history of any of the diseases treated with cord blood stem cells should consider banking.
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