Protect your family's future health by storing your newborn baby's cord blood and cord tissue stem cells

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are mother cells, akin to the building blocks of our bodies, that have the potential to become any type of cell in the body. One of the main characteristics of stem cells is their ability to self-renew or multiply whilst maintaining the potential to develop into other types of cell.  As such they are involved in natural growth and repair of our bodies throughout life.  Stem cells can become cells of the blood, heart, bones, skin, muscles, brain etc. - all the tissues that make us what we are.   

There are different sources of stem cells but all types of stem cells have the same capacity to develop into multiple types of cells.  For example, the type of stem cell found in cord blood are namely Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) and can be converted into all other cells of the blood, i.e.  red and white blood cells and platelets.  Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), the type of stem cell found in solid tissue have the ability to produce cells of the connective tissue, for example fat, bone and cartilage.  They have also been shown to rehabilitate damaged skin, liver and neurological cells in the body.  MSCs are found at a very high concentration in cord tissue, adipose tissue and dental pulp.  

Medical breakthroughs are occurring all the time and are likely to extend the potential for regenerative medicine treatments way beyond our current horizons, so it makes sense to bank your stem cells for future use. These may soon become the basis for treating diseases such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart failure, cerebral palsy, heart disease and host of other chronic ailments.  For a list of common stem-cell related terms, and to learn the difference between the types of stem cells we bank please click here.