Cord Blood Collection

Cord blood is known to be a rich source of stem cells, the building blocks of all blood cells. Banking your newborn's cord blood stem cells allows immediate access to them if they are needed for treatment.  

Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates currently uses Cord Blood Registry, Cyrocell, & Viacord as cord blood storage facilities.

 

•  CORD BLOOD REGISTRY  (cbr)

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The Power to Heal:

As a parent, protecting your growing family is a top priority. You can take the first step by saving – or "banking" – your newborn's cord blood.  It's a one-time opportunity that can be lifesaving or life-changing for your family.

Cord blood is the blood that remains in your newborn's umbilical cord after birth. It contains valuable stem cells that can be used in a variety of medical treatments, such as regenerating healthy blood and immune cells after chemotherapy.

What Makes Cord Blood Stem Cells So Valuable?

Stem cells are the body's building blocks for organ tissue, blood, and the immune system. Doctors started using cord blood stem cells more than 20 years ago to treat diseases that previously had been treated with bone marrow.34 Today, the primary type of stem cells in umbilical cord blood – called hematopoietic - help treat many serious illnesses and disorders. Cord blood stem cells can only be collected at birth, so it is important to make your banking decision well before your due date.

Cord Blood Stem Cells, in Particular, Are:

Smart: They "know" how to find injured cells and tissue in the body and initiate a healing process.

 

 

 Powerful: The primary type of stem cells in cord blood can cure many life-threatening illnesses. These stem cells and a different kind found in cord tissue may also be able to treat serious injuries.

   

 

Unique: Your baby's one-of-a-kind umbilical cord stem cells have unique advantages over the adult stem cells found in bone marrow. They're younger, more versatile, and have not been exposed to environmental factors.


Stem Cells' Regenerative Potential:

Cord blood stem cells are used to treat many life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers. In addition, cord blood is showing potential in research to treat conditions that have no cure today. This exciting new area of medicine is called regenerative medicine, where scientists are evaluating the use of a child's own cord blood stem cells in experimental treatments for brain injury, cerebral palsy, and hearing loss.

Simple, Safe, Painless:

The collection procedure is safe for both mother and baby, usually takes less than five minutes, and can be performed after vaginal or C-section births. After the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, the remaining blood in the umbilical cord is drawn into a collection bag. If you choose to not bank your baby's cord blood, it will be discarded after birth. Cord blood stem cells are not embryonic stem cells and are not controversial.

Information above courtesy of http://www.cordblood.com/benefits-cord-blood/umbilical-cord-stem-cells

 

•  VIACORD

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

In its simplest terms, cord blood banking is the collection and storage of the stem cells found in your newborn's umbilical cord.

Today, cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases.

When you bank your baby's cord blood, you are making a choice that could potentially provide a lifesaving treatment for your child or a family member.

Read more to learn about the amazing power of cord blood stem cells, how the cord blood collection process works, and why many medical professionals agree that banking your baby's cord blood today could be one of the most important decisions you make for your family.

And, did you know that valuable stem cells are not only found in cord blood; they're also found in the umbilical cord tissue? That's why ViaCord also offers expecting parents the option to save the stem cells extracted from the surrounding umbilical cord tissue. Learn more about cord tissue stem cell banking and ViaCord's COMPLETE NEWBORN STEM CELL PACKAGE.

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