Understanding cord blood banking
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are your baby’s lifeline to future medical treatments. Stored safely in a cord blood bank, they’re available on-demand when your child needs treatment. Cord blood stem cell treatment isn’t science fiction. It’s here now. Cord blood stem cells – just like those Cells4Life collects for your child – have already been used in more than 30,000 medical treatments worldwide for nearly 80 diseases. As time goes by, more and more treatments are becoming viable as medical research progresses worldwide.
The Cells4Life bio-bank
A bio-bank stores blood and tissue cells safely for future use. The Cells4Life bio-bank stores more cord blood and tissue samples from the UK than any other. We are also the only UK bio-bank to offer whole blood storage from the umbilical cord. Storing your baby’s umbilical blood with us preserves the maximum range of cell types, and ensures no future opportunities for treatment are wasted. If you choose a bio-bank that only stores cord blood in a reduced volume, the treatments your child could benefit from are limited to illnesses such as leukaemia.
Preserving umbilical cord blood and tissue for the future
Cells4Life’s advanced cryopreservation techniques offer an initial 25 years of storage, followed by the option of extending the period further. We’re happy to offer these storage periods as research shows that umbilical cord blood and tissue can still be used after considerably longer periods – many claim that cryogenic storage is effectively infinite.