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Cord Blood 101

Cord Blood 101

Why Bank Cord Blood?

Cord Blood Provides Options

From the moment you learn you are going to be a parent, you make a promise to help your child grow and develop to their full potential. Cord blood banking with Insception Lifebank helps you keep that promise, to ensure the opportunity for your child or family member to benefit from potential medical treatments today or in the future.

What is Cord Blood?

  • Cord blood is a rich source of non-controversial stem cells that have the potential to develop into all blood cell types, including oxygen-carrying red blood cells and disease-fighting immune cells.
  • Cord blood is obtained from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth, after the cord has been cut.
  • Cord blood collection is a fast, painless and risk-free procedure that your healthcare provider can perform so that the precious stem cells are not discarded as medical waste.

Four benefits of cord blood banking

1A perfect match for your baby

Should your baby ever need a stem cell transplant in the future, their own perfectly matched umbilical cord stem cells will be immediately available throughout their lifetime, with no risk of rejection.

Why Bank Cord Blood?

Stem cells are matched based on human leucocyte antigen (HLA) markers, which act like signals to the body’s immune system. HLA matching is important since it improves the likelihood of a successful transplant. If the match is not perfect but still close, the odds are good that the recipient’s immune system will accept them. Because cord blood cells are less mature than bone marrow cells obtained from an adult, the matching criteria is less strict. An adult donor must match at least 6 of 8 HLA markers whereas a cord blood unit only needs to match 4 of 6 HLA markers.28

2 Potential match for your family

In the future, your baby’s cord blood may provide a sibling or family member with life-saving options.

  • There is a 25% chance that a sibling’s cord blood will be a perfect match.28
  • Studies have shown that cord blood stem cells from a matched, related donor have less risk of rejection and a greater chance of acceptance than cells from an unrelated donor.5
  • Other studies indicate that cord blood may not need to match as closely as is required for a marrow donor.28

3 Used today in the treatment of over 80 diseases

Today, cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment of over 80 life-threatening diseases, including a range of cancers, genetic diseases, and blood disorders.10 In fact, more than 35,000 umbilical cord transplants have been performed worldwide to date.

So much has changed since the first cord blood transplant over 25 years ago. Today cord blood is used in the treatment of over 80 diseases! 10

So much has changed since the first cord blood transplant over 25 years ago.  Today cord blood is used in the treatment of over 80 diseases! 10

4 Take advantage of emerging stem cell research

Scientists have been passionately researching the potential uses of cord blood stem cells for the last 20 years. Today, clinical trials are underway to investigate how cord blood stem cells may help provide treatments for autism, acquired hearing loss, type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury.8

NOTE: Health Canada Regulations exclude any person with known blood transmissible diseases (including HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) from banking umbilical cord blood and or umbilical cord tissue.
If you think you have such a disease or have been at risk of exposure to such a disease, or if you are in doubt of your eligibility to participate, please call (1-866-606-2790 select option 2) and speak to one of our clinical consultants.