Many parents would have probably heard of cord blood banking – the storage of your baby’s cord blood for medical use. The decision to store their baby’s umbilical cord stem cells has been on the to-do list for many parents-to-be as there is only one chance to collect your baby’s cord blood: at birth.
Not too sure what cord blood banking actually is? Here’s a quick guide on what your baby’s cord blood stem cells is all about and how it can benefit your baby and family!
What is in the umbilical cord?
The collection process
The process of collecting your baby’s cord blood is safe and pain-free for both mother and baby. After the delivery of your baby, your OBGYN doctor will administer the cord blood collection. It will not interfere with the birthing process – whether it is a c-section or vaginal delivery. What’s more – this process only takes 5 minutes!
The lifesaving stem cells found in the umbilical cord
|The umbilical cord blood is a rich and important source of Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) that can be used to treat over 80 types of diseases¹ such as leukaemia, lymphoma, thalassemia as well as metabolic and immune disorders, just to name a few.
Clinical trials are also underway to use cord blood for the treatment of autism, cerebral palsy, Type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury and many more².
|The umbilical cord lining contains a high concentration of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and Cord Lining Epithelial Stem Cells (CLEpSCs) that can only be harvested and expanded using a patented CellOptima™ technology.
These stem cells have shown immense potential in aiding the repair of injured tissues and organs, as well as for the treatment of various conditions such as stroke, diabetic wound healing and even to regulate the immune response in COVID-19 patients³.
Who can benefit from a stem cell transplant?
Autologous: A 100% match for your baby
For sibling or matched recipient
Allogeneic: Higher chances of finding a suitable match within the family4
Find out more about the benefits of storing your baby’s cord blood by speaking to our friendly consultants today!
1 For the full list of treatable diseases and references, please refer to https://www.cordlife.com/sg/treatable-diseases.
2 Diseases and Disorders that have been in Clinical Trials with Cord Blood or Cord Tissue Cells page. Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation website. https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/diseases#trial. Accessed July 14 2021.
3 For the full list of conditions and references, please refer to https://www.cordlifetech.com/potential-applications.
4 Beatty PG, Boucher KM, Mori M, et al. Probability of finding HLA-mismatched Related or Unrelated Bone Marrow or Cord Blood Donors. Human Immunology. 2000; 61:834-840.