The benefits of cord banking
Why Save Cord Blood?
A perfect match
Cord blood stem cells are the most powerful stem cells, they are the youngest and not damaged by the aging process and they are an exact match – which means they are a perfect match and won’t be rejected by your child’s system when they’re used in medical treatment.
you need them
Children who have access to their own cord blood for treatment can take advantage of therapies that cannot be carried out with sibling or unrelated cord blood. There is no guarantee that a suitable match will be available in a public cord blood bank registry.
The most precious insurance
Cord blood is used for stem cell transplants, and you or anyone else in your family has lifetime odds of 1 in 200 of having a stem cell transplant*. On top of that, the odds are 1 in 300 that your child may have cerebral palsy, or 1 in 500 for type 1 diabetes, both of which are being treated with cord blood in clinical trials.
*March 2008: Nietfield J.J., Pasquini, M.C., Logan, B.R., Verter, F., and Horowitz, M.M. Lifetime probabilities of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the U.S.; Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2008;14:316-322
Time-tested life saver
Cord blood transplants have been saving lives since 1988 when the first cord blood transplant took place in France, for a child with Fanconi’s anemia. In 1991, a transplants was performed in the United States on a child with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Since then it has been used in over 20,000 transplant for numerous childhood conditions.
The next big medical advance
Newer therapies, using cord blood in clinical trials include cerebral palsy, type 1 diabetes and brain injury. Current research shows that your own cord blood may play a part in the treatment of many other diseases and degenerative conditions including:
- Spinal cord injury
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Liver disease
- Parkinson’s disease