What are stem cells?
Stem cells are considered the body's "master cells" because they have the ability to create the different types of cells that make up our organs, blood, tissue, and immune system.
The type of stem cell found in cord blood has been used to treat more than one million people. Another million see the value in newborn stem cells and have chosen to bank them for family use. Half of them are stored with CBR.66
What are newborn stem cells?
Stem cells can be found in places like bone marrow and fat tissue, but the younger, more flexible stem cells in the body come from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood and tissue. There are many advantages of newborn stem cells over other sources of stem cells.
Newborn stem cells are:
Unique: Your baby will be a perfect match for their own stem cells and may be a match for a sibling or other family member.35
Powerful: They’re used to treat many life-threatening diseases, including anemia, leukemia and certain other cancers, primarily for a family member or genetic match. They’ve also shown in laboratory studies the potential to heal serious conditions like brain damage for the child’s own use.
Smart: They "know" how to find injured cells and tissue in the body and initiate a healing process.
Simple, Safe, Painless
You only have one chance to collect and store your baby’s newborn stem cells – immediately after birth. After the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, the remaining blood in the umbilical cord is drawn into a collection bag. For families opting to bank cord tissue, a section of the umbilical cord will be collected and stored in the CordCup® Container.
It’s important to make a decision about saving or donating well before your due date. If you choose to do nothing, your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue will be discarded as medical waste.
Newborn stem cells are not embryonic stem cells. Collecting, storing, and using them is not controversial.
There are two primary types of newborn stem cells that have the potential to be used for different treatments: hematopoietic (he·ma·to·poi·et·ic) and mesenchymal (mes·en·chy·mal). Hematopoietic stem cells, or HSCs, are blood-forming cells with the ability to self-renew.78 While mesenchymal stem cells78, or MSCs, can form bone, cartilage, and tissue cells and are predominantly found in the cord tissue.79 Cord blood predominantly contains hematopoietic stem cells and cord tissue primarily contains mesenchymal stem cells.