What is cord blood?

After your baby is born, blood is left in the umbilical cord. This leftover blood contains powerful blood forming stem cells, also called haematopoietic stem cells or HSCs. HSCs are very valuable and have a 30-year history of saving lives.

Exciting research on using cord blood for regenerative medicine is underway and the future looks bright.

Banking your baby’s cord blood ensures that the valuable HSCs are preserved for potential use when life happens.

6 Powerful reasons to preserve your baby’s cord blood

Cord blood HSCs have been used in more than 40 000 cord blood transplants globally, saving thousands of lives.
Conditions treated, from both donated and privately banked cord blood, include blood cancers, immune disorders,
bone marrow failures and metabolic disorders. 78 More than 80 blood and immune system related conditions have
been treated with cord blood stem cell transplants.

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Cord blood is not just a bag of stem cells. Novel treatments are leveraging the activities of the other cells in the mix86 .
Clinical trials using cord blood in regenerative medicine have shown promising results in autism77, 93, 151, cerebral
palsy83, 152, hypoplastic left heart syndrome111 and acquired hearing loss 91, to mention a few.

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The value of a blood stem cell transplant can only be fully appreciated when your life depends on it. Joining the movement
and making your baby’s cord blood potentially donatable, can be a life-line for those in need, and a priceless and beautiful
experience. When it comes to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important
in predicting the likelihood of finding a match. This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited.
Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others. As a result, a person’s best chance of finding
a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background114 Join the Celvi Community and share your diversity
with the world.

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The value of a blood stem cell transplant can only be fully appreciated when your life depends on it. Joining the movement and making
your baby’s cord blood potentially donatable, can be a life-line for those in need, and a priceless and beautiful experience. When it comes
to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important in predicting the likelihood of finding a match.
This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others.
As a result, a person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background114, Join
the Celvi Community and share your diversity with the world.

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Cord blood HSCs are only 9 months old and have not been exposed to environmental factors or aging. These young and naive
stem cells are more flexible and can regenerate faster than older HSCs like bone marrow HSCs. 47,48 When you preserve these
powerful cells, you protect them from aging, locking in their unique advantages. Collecting cord blood is a safe for both you and
your baby and done at your baby’s birth. Collecting older HSCs from bone marrow or peripheral blood is more difficult and
an invasive procedure.

Cryogenic preservation prevents the cord blood from ageing and protects it from the environment. Given everything we know,
it is believed that cord blood in proper cryogenic storage should be able to be preserved indefinitely. 48

1.   30 Years of Saving Lives

Cord blood HSCs have been used in more than 40 000 cord blood transplants globally, saving thousands of lives. Conditions treated, from both donated and privately banked cord blood, include blood cancers, immune disorders, bone marrow failures and metabolic disorders. 78  More than 80 blood and immune system related conditions have been treated with cord blood stem cell transplants.

2.  A Promising Future

Cord blood is not just a bag of stem cells. Novel treatments are leveraging the activities of the other cells in the mix86 . Clinical trials using cord blood in regenerative medicine have shown promising results in autism77, 93, 151, cerebral palsy83, 152, hypoplastic left heart syndrome111 and acquired hearing loss 91, to mention a few.

3. A Perfect Match

The value of a blood stem cell transplant can only be fully appreciated when your life depends on it. Joining the movement and making your baby’s cord blood potentially donatable, can be a life-line for those in need, and a priceless and beautiful  experience. When it comes to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important  in predicting the likelihood of finding a match. This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited.  Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others. As a result, a person’s best chance of finding  a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background114 Join the Celvi Community and share your diversity  with the world.

4.    Join the Movement

The value of a blood stem cell transplant can only be fully appreciated when your life depends on it. Joining the movement and making  your baby’s cord blood potentially donatable, can be a life-line for those in need, and a priceless and beautiful experience.

When it comes  to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important in predicting the likelihood of finding a match.  This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others.  As a result, a person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background114, Join  the Celvi Community and share your diversity with the world.

5.   One Chance

The value of a blood stem cell transplant can only be fully appreciated when your life depends on it. Joining the movement and making  your baby’s cord blood potentially donatable, can be a life-line for those in need, and a priceless and beautiful experience. When it comes  to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important in predicting the likelihood of finding a match.  This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others.  As a result, a person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background114, Join the Celvi Community and share your diversity with the world.

6.    Preserving youth

Cryogenic preservation prevents the cord blood from ageing and protects it from the environment. Given everything we know,
it is believed that cord blood in proper cryogenic storage should be able to be preserved indefinitely. 48

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The treating doctor will determine the use of cord blood for treatment, depending on many factors, including the patient’s medical condition, the quality of the cord blood sample, if the patient’s own cord blood can be used or an adequately matched donor’s cord blood.The use of cord blood has been established in stem cell transplantation and has been used to treat more than 80 diseases. The use of cord blood in regenerative medicine is still being researched and there is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments will be available in the future.The use of cord tissue stem cells is still in early research stages, and there is no guarantee that treatments using cord tissue stem cells will be available in the future. Cord tissue stem cells are found in the cord tissue which is stored whole. Additional processing will be required to isolate the stem cells from the tissue for use. CELVI (Pty) Ltd outsources all cord blood and tissue processing and storage activities to Next Biosciences in Midrand, South Africa, a licensed and AABB accredited facility.