The blood that remains in your baby's umbilical cord after it has been cut is called cord blood, which is rich in stem cells. These valuable cells, which are genetically unique to your baby and family, can only be collected in the minutes after your baby's birth.
Cord blood stem cells are the body's "master cells" and can regenerate into the cells that form all other tissues, organs, and systems in the body. They are showing promise in the treatment of brain injury and juvenile diabetes and have already been used to treat nearly 70 serious diseases, saving many lives.
Most families bank their baby's cord blood stem cells for peace of mind, knowing that these stem cells can be lifesaving to their baby and other family members. By saving your baby's cord blood you secure an invaluable medical resource that can help you protect your baby:
- Your baby's cord blood stem cells may benefit your family as they have been used to treat nearly 70 serious diseases. And stem cells have been used for decades in lifesaving treatments for diseases including leukemia, other cancers, and blood disorders.
- Cord blood is showing significant potential to treat conditions that have no cure today like juvenile diabetes and brain injury. This new field, called regenerative medicine, focuses on using stem cells to help repair damaged tissue and regenerate healthy cells.
- You have helped to secure the best treatment options for your family. Using your own family's cord blood has been shown to significantly improve medical outcomes compared to using cord blood from someone outside your family.1
Take advantage of your one chance to save your baby's cord blood—immediately after birth.
Diseases treated by Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are being used in promising treatments for brain injury, and there are many other areas of therapy in development, including:
- Heart disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Brain injury/stroke
- Juvenile diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Liver disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Orthopedic injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Source: Cord Blood Registry