Cord blood is a rich source of lifesaving stem cells for your family.
What is Cord Blood? Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby's umbilical cord after the cord has been cut. Doctors have discovered that cord blood, like bone marrow, is a rich source of unique stem cells that can be used in medical treatments. Stem cells are the body's "master" cells and can become any type of cell in the human body. The first use of stem cells in medicine was to regenerate healthy blood and immune cells in cancer patients.
What is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for parents to collect and preserve the stem cells from their baby's umbilical cord blood for potential medical uses.
By saving your baby's stem cells with CBR, your child and family can have access to better medical treatment options or cures for cancers, as well as potential treatments for conditions such as brain injury and juvenile diabetes. If you choose not to bank your baby's cord blood, it is discarded after birth.
How is My Baby's Cord Blood Collected?
Collecting cord blood is a simple, safe, and painless procedure that usually takes less than five minutes. Cord blood is collected immediately after your baby is born and after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut. The collection procedure is therefore completely safe for both the mother and baby and can be performed after vaginal or cesarean births.
What Happens to My Baby's Cord Blood After Collection?
After your baby's cord blood has been collected, the cord blood is returned to the specialized collection kit and then shipped to CBR's laboratory by a private medical courier for processing and storag