What is cord blood banking?
Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a rich source of precious stem cells. These stem cells have the ability to repair and protect the body from within by transforming (differentiating) into many different types cells within blood and tissue.
Cord blood banking is the process of collecting, processing and storing these cells for use in potential future medical uses. Currently, cord blood stem cells are being used to manage cancerous blood disorders such as leukaemia, blood conditions like Fanconi anaemia and much more.
Doctors, scientists and industry experts widely believe that cord blood stem cells will play a key role in the future of medicine, and may soon provide solutions to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as the ability to develop into entire organs.
Cord blood stem cells are unique to your baby; a 100% HLA match. They also carry a 25% chance of perfectly matching a sibling, so you know that should these cells ever be required there will be no waiting and hoping for a suitable donor, and no fear of the body rejecting them.
There is only one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood stem cells; the day they are born. Get in touch with us today to find out more about the benefits of cord blood banking.
How does it work?
The science behind cord blood banking is complicated, but storing your baby’s stem cells couldn’t be simpler. Here’s how it works:
We send you your collection kit well before the birth date, which contains everything you need to collect the sample (make sure you have it with you on the big day!)
After birth, your consultant (or a phlebotomist provided by us) will extract the sample, and place it back into the collection kit
Our dedicated courier then collects the kit from the baby’s place of birth, delivering it to our Laboratory in Nottingham
Once the sample arrives at the lab, we…
Check your sample is healthy and viable for future use
Process your sample to concentrate the number of cord blood stem cells stored, and split into multiple portions for future use
Double check the health of the sample and count the number of cells extracted, to make sure it’s ready and viable should it ever be needed in the future
Your baby’s sample is then cryogenically frozen in liquid nitrogen vapour, and stored in our facilities for decades to come
What’s in the kit
Our temperature controlled kits contain the best equipment possible.
Although each component has its own unique contribution, when combined the kit has one purpose, to deliver your sample to our lab in quality condition.
|Nanocool Engine – a device used to maintain a stable temperature of 2-8 degrees for up to 83 hours keeping the sample at this temperature during transit.|
|Tempmate Data Logger – used to record the temperature of the kit during transit.|
|Bio-pouch – used for transit, to stop blood tubes and blood bags from exploding under pressure or leaking and causing any risk to handlers of the sample.|
|Plastic zip lock bag with absorbent towel – bag used to contain any leaks that occur while in transit.|
|Umbilical cord blood collection bag – bag used to collect cord blood.|
|Vacutainer and needle adaptor – used to collect maternal bloods.|
|Maternal blood tubes – used to store the maternal bloods.|
Why choose Stem Cells Malta & Future Health?
Once you’ve decided that cord blood banking is for you, you then need to decide which biobank you’re going to trust with your baby’s sample.
Here’s why we think you should choose us:
One of the world’s most accredited cell banks
Free release and shipment of your sample worldwide
Samples released for treatment in the USA, Europe and the Middle East