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What is Cord Blood?
- Once the baby is born the physician will clamp off the cord. Within minutes, the placenta will be delivered.
- The placenta and umbilical cord are filled with the baby’s blood.
- The placenta, umbilical cord and blood are typically discarded as medical waste unless you save the cord blood that could potentially save that child’s life in the future.
Stem Cell Uses
- Cord blood has been found to contain hundreds of millions of stem cells.
- These stem cells can potentially be used to treat many childhood and adult diseases.
- Stem cells have the ability to transform into other cells throughout the body. However, as we age, the number of viable stem cells declines. That is why collection at birth is so important.
Over 80+ Diseases
- Umbilical cord stem cells have been successfully used in treatment of over 80 life-threatening diseases.
- These diseases include: cancers, genetic disorders, and neurological conditions.
- Ongoing studies are examining the potential uses for stem cell therapy including: heart disease, diabetes, autism, and traumatic brain injury.
Who Can Benefit?
- Stem cells that are saved are a 100% match for that child with no risk of rejection. However, some conditions like genetic blood disorders are not treatable with your own stem cells.
- A sibling’s stem cells can be used in cases where autologous use is not an option. 1 out of 4 siblings will be a perfect match while 3 out of 4 siblings are at least a partial match.
- Transplants that use cord blood from a relative are twice as likely to be successful as transplants from an unrelated donor.
- The cord blood collection process is done the same way during a cesarean section as it is following a vaginal delivery.
- Cord blood collection will not interfere with your birthing plan.
- Once the sample is collected, it is labeled and prepared for pickup by a medical courier and delivered to the processing and storage laboratory.
- There are three options available:
1. Dispose of it
2. Public Banking
3. Private Banking
- It is important to decide prior to delivery which option is right for you and your family
Cord Blood Disposal
- You choose not to store your child’s cord blood in a public or private bank.
- The delivering physician will dispose of the umbilical cord, blood, and stem cells as medical waste.
- Option offered by hospitals in larger cities
- No upfront fee and it will be available for anyone needing a stem cell transplant
- The unit will not necessarily be made available to the donor or donor’s family
- Only a small percentage of publicly donate units are actually stored
- The only option to save your child’s cord blood exclusively for your family’s use
- It is important to research and register with the company of your choice prior to your delivery.
- When choosing a private cord blood bank, evaluate their collection and transportation methods, processing and testing procedures, and storage capabilities.
- Private cord blood banks charge an initial collection fee and annual storage fee
- Many ongoing trials researching the potential uses for stem cell therapy (including Autism, diabetes, and traumatic brain injury) will only admit patients with their own cord blood.
- Some private storage locations offer you the ability to store the umbilical cord tissue and plasma. The tissue is rich in mesenchymal stem cells that have the ability to transform into various types of tissue.
- There are currently no human therapies using mesenchymal stem cells from the umbilical cord. However, there are several ongoing studies and researchers are optimistic that the tissue will be useful in the treatment of brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal disorders and injuries one day.
- You must choose a cord blood banking option before your delivery date.
- The collection kit is required at the time of birth. If you do not have it, your physician has no chance but dispose of the umbilical cord blood and tissue as medical waste.
- Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your decision at your next visit.
- Core23 Biobank is the only private cord blood bank within a 500-mile radius of their location in Springfield, Missouri.
- The Core23 mission is to provide parents with peace of mind knowing their child’s cord blood is safe and secure by offering better collection, safer transportation, superior processing, testing, and storage.
Collect & Transport
- Core23 Biobank provides detailed training and easy-to-use collection materials to physicians for better collections with higher therapeutic value.
- Core23 will notify your physician of your decision to save the umbilical cord and will ensure they have all of the resources needed for optimal cord collection.
- Core23’s dedicated team of medical couriers is available 24/7 to transport collections from the hospital to the lab quickly and securely to increase cell viability and provides better long-term results.
Process & Test
- Core23 does not use harsh chemicals during the processing of cells, providing less risk of losing cells.
- Provides detailed testing reports that are easy to read and understand.
- A technician is always available to discuss your testing results.
- Core23 stores specimens in multiple compartment blood bags.
- Core23 offers more aliquots provided than other cord blood banks.
- By having more segments available, patients have the ability for multiple doses if needed in the future.
Safe and Easy
- Collecting your baby’s umbilical cord blood, tissue, and plasma with Core23 Biobank is safe and easy.
Breakthroughs Each Year
- Every year, more clinical trials and studies find treatments and uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells.
- Your baby’s cord blood will become more valuable over time. An investment today can mean peace of mind later.
- Ask your physician or call Core23 Biobank directly and ask about this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Learn About Cord Blood Banking Services
“I banked my daughter’s cord blood and chose Core23 because my doctor recommended them.” – Gibson Family
There are over 80+ different treatments and applications for umbilical cord stem cells and that list is growing.
Related stem cell products are very important when evaluating the genetic compatibility of a therapy.
There are three options for umbilical cord stem cell banking here you can explore and pick the plan that is right for you.