Stemcyte Cord Blood Collection

What Are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are immature, undifferentiated cells that act as the building blocks of your body.

These cells can differentiate into all body cell types including blood cells, nerve cells, bone cells, cartilage cells, skin cells, liver cells etc. Stem Cells can be harvested and stored from both Umbilical Cord Blood and tissue surrounding and protecting the cord blood vessels. They can be used to replace damaged or diseased cells in the body, making them an invaluable treatment option for you and your family.

Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics. Firstly, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division.

Secondly, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue or organ-specific cells with special functions.

Unique characteristic features of Stem Cells are:

  • Homing: Travel to the site of damage where regeneration is required
  • Engraftment: Settle down & grow & multiply
  • Plasticity: Potential to change into other cells
Stem cells are found in your baby’s cord blood and the actual umbilical cord tissue.
Stem cells can be collected at the time of  birth and stored to help your child in the future if he or she develops health problems.  Stem cell can be used to treat currently affected siblings. Siblings are usually a match with eachother to share stem cells.
Stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 diseases.
Please talk to us if you would like  to collect stem cells at your Homebirth.  Stem cells can be collected from umbilical cord blood or from the umbilical cord itself.  Parents who prefer for their baby to receive the complete complement of cord blood may still be interested in collecting stem cells from the umbilical cord after it stops pulsing.

 

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