An estimated 1 in 3 people will need a regenerative treatment at some point in their life in the US alone. Now try and imagine that statistic applied to the world. Usually, people will have to wait for a stem cell donor that matches them.
You can give your children a safety net by storing their cord blood, which ensures they will have a 100% match to them. This means that, should they need them, your child will have immediate access to cutting-edge stem cell treatments without having to wait.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 different conditions, including various blood and immune diseases such as leukaemia and lymphoma, with many more being discovered each year.
What is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking is a non-invasive process. The cord blood and tissue are collected so that the potentially life-saving stem cells can be stored for future use.
So … what’s the full process?
From the moment you choose stem cell collection, Cells4Life will organise everything. Your only task is, on the day, to bring your collection kit and call your phlebotomist (if you need one to be provided, we can also take care of that).
Once the baby is born and the phlebotomist has done their bit, you just call the courier and we take care of everything else.
The most important thing to note is that stem cell collection does not impact your birth plan.
The cord blood collection procedure takes place in a separate room after the third stage of labour (once the placenta is delivered). On top of this, if you choose optimal or delayed cord clamping, we can still do the collection for you, nothing will change.
Better still we will be around for any additional support you need throughout the process 24/7 365.
Who are Cells4Life?
To know who we are you need to know why we got started.
Dr Jeff Drew, BSc (Hons) PhD – Scientific Director, describes why they began Cells4Life. “Being doctors, we were naturally aware of the medical benefits of stem cells in treatments like childhood leukaemia, as well as the huge investments being made worldwide to research their use in treating a wide variety of common conditions.”
They saw a gap in the options available so decided to fill it “We found that the only services available on the market at the time didn’t fulfil our stringent criteria. Therefore, we created Cells4Life”
Founded in 2002 by a group of doctors and scientists, Cells4Life is now the UK’s leading cord blood bank. Starting small by storing their own children’s cord blood, the company has grown to now store the precious stems cell of customers in over 50 countries.
Our CEO Claudia Rees sums it up best “everything about our service has been designed for one purpose; to provide your baby and your family with the best long-term health protection available.”
Why Should you Bank your Baby’s Cord Blood Stem Cells?
Since the first cord blood transplant back in the 1980s, over one million stem cell treatments have been performed worldwide. Now, the future of stem cell science has never looked more exciting, with research suggesting that umbilical cord stem cells could potentially provide life-changing treatments for disabilities such as cerebral palsy, hearing loss, and spinal cord injury one day.
Your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells could provide a match for their siblings and even for mum and dad; possibly the best type of insurance cover you could ask for. There is no better time than now to invest in your baby’s future for them and your entire family.
If you’d like more information about stem cell banking with Cells4Life, complete the form by clicking here to request your FREE parent guide to cord blood banking.
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