This week marks the official launch of Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank. This national, public health-care resource allows expectant mothers to donate their baby’s banked cord blood at the 4 participating hospitals across Canada.
Hospitals in Ottawa, Brampton, Edmonton and Vancouver have partnered with Canadian Blood Services to build this program.
Today, cord blood stem cells can be used to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases. Emerging research is expanding the list of diseases and conditions that may be treatable with cord blood, including autism, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. Imagine what may be treated in the next 20 years!
Unlike with public banking programs, Insception Lifebank offers cord blood banking at all hospitals and home births, across Canada. In addition, Insception Lifebank offers cord tissue banking, a service that is not currently offered by the Canadian Blood Services program.
About Banking Cord Tissue:
Cord tissue is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that are different from the stem cells in your baby’s cord blood.
- Cord tissue is a segment of your baby’s umbilical cord that contains several different cell types, each of which may have future potential to help repair and heal the body.
- Cord tissue is valuable because it is a rich source of MSCs, which are distinct from the blood stem cells found in your baby’s cord blood.9
- Researchers are now testing the potential of MSCs in a variety of clinical trials for the following conditions and diseases:8
- bone and cartilage repair
- autoimmune disorders: Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis
- cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease
- liver disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- spinal cord injury
- wound repair
Banking with Insception Lifebank insures that should you baby ever require cord blood or cord tissues, their sample will provide a 100% match for their treatment as well as a potential match for another family member.
Follow the link for more information about the Canadian Blood Services Cord Blood Program.