Banking your infant’s cord blood offers lifesaving potential for your whole family that may deliver health benefits far into the future.
- Stem cells residing within cord blood have the ability to create other types of cells found in the body and therefore have the potential to treat a variety of life-threatening diseases and injuries.
- Cord blood stem cells have been used to treat more than 80 diseases, including blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
- Cord blood stem cells are showing potential in research to treat conditions that have no cure today such as juvenile diabetes and brain injury.
The use of stem cells is growing in medical treatments and emerging science. Most families bank their baby’s cord blood because they want the comfort and confidence of knowing that, should the need arise, their baby’s cord blood stem cells are readily available. Cord blood stem cells may also be used as part of a treatment for family members who may have or develop a serious illness.*
Who can use my baby’s cord blood?
- Your baby** (in current protocols and/or clinical studies using cord blood, the baby’s own cord blood is required)
- Your baby’s siblings** (your baby’s siblings (if a HLA match))
- Any family member (if a HLA match)
*Donor cells from a family member must still be a match for the recipient (based on Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA), the genetic markers of the immune system).
**For inherited genetic conditions, the baby will not be able to use his or her own stem cells. A matched sibling’s stem cells would be the first choice. Ultimate use will be determined by the treating physician.