As Mother’s Day approaches, consider this: A mom’s gift of life can take on new meaning for thousands of patients fighting life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Choosing to donate her child’s umbilical cord blood could provide a cure for patients whose only hope is a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor.
The primary mission of the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood is to provide parents with impartial education about cord blood medical research and cord blood storage options. This web site explains the medical motivations for banking umbilical cord blood, and the difference between public bank donation versus paying for private storage.
Banking your baby’s cord blood isn’t a total insurance policy. If your baby has leukemia, for example, using his or her own stem cells might not be the best option because “you’re putting in the same immune system that permitted the leukemia to develop in the first place,” according to Dr. Patrick Stiff, director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program at Loyola University Medical Center. Stiff said the best match would be a transplant from a sibling or from an unrelated donor.
Cord blood stem cells, found in your baby's umbilical cord blood, can be used to treat a host of serious illnesses for mothers, babies and possibly family members. Essentially, every parent faces the same three choices at birth with regard to what they should do with their baby's cord blood.
The New York Blood Center's National Cord Blood Program Website is an interactive, informational resource for patients, their families and caregivers, health care professionals, expectant parents and the general public.
Save the Cord Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to making this important decision as simple as possible for parents by providing unbiased educational information regarding cord blood preservation and its life-saving qualities.
Americord collects, processes and stores newborns' cord blood for future medical or therapeutic use. In addition to cord blood banking, we also offer a proprietary process, called CordAdvantage (available later this year), which harvests stem cells from the placenta in addition to the umbilical cord blood. CordAdvantage may save many times more stem cells than cord blood banking alone.
Our lab, Progenitor Cell Therapy, is an industry leader in developing and manufacturing cell therapies. It process and store your baby's cord blood under FDA cord blood requirements using Good Manufacturing Practice standards (cGMP), a higher processing standard than that of many other cord blood banks.
CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank utilizes stringent processes, highly advanced technologies and high-quality practices as guided by the CORD:USE team of the world's leading cord blood physicians and scientists to protect your family's cord blood.
Founded in 1989, Cryo-Cell is the oldest cord blood bank and was the first cord blood bank to separate and store stem cells in 1992. Today, the company has over 240,000 clients worldwide. Since inception, 100% of our clients’ specimens have been successfully viable upon thaw. Our services include umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and menstrual stem cell banking.
Family Cord Blood Services is a recognized leader in umbilical cord blood stem cells processing and storage. Both California Cryobank and Family Cord Blood Services help an ever-growing number of people realize their dreams of raising healthy children.
The Institute For Transfusion Medicine Clinical Services, ITxMCS, Cord Blood Services is the not-for-profit umbilical cord blood donor bank serving Chicago area hospitals. It is the only bank of this kind in Illinois, and is located in Glenview, IL.
ViaCord has been providing the highest quality, umbilical cord blood stem cell collections for families, and has been involved in cutting edge research to find new stem cell therapies for diseases like cancer, juvenile diabetes, and heart disease. Our mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service and care to our patients, families, and their physicians.
Donating cord blood to a public bank is free, safe, and painless for you and your child because it's collected after your baby's born and the umbilical cord is cut. And there's a network of public cord stem blood banks that can take your donation.
Expanding access to life-saving bone marrow and cord blood transplants.
The primary reason that parents consider banking their newborn's cord blood is because they have a child or close relative with or a family medical history of diseases that can be treated with bone marrow transplants.
Stembanc is a world class, scientifically expert company you can trust. Stembanc's FDA registered, state of the art laboratory facility is near the heart of the medical research region that includes the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and the new Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.