When you’re planning for your family, there are so many unknowns, so many factors beyond your control. Such is the case for all prospective parents, regardless of whether you’re considering using frozen donor egg or not. And once your child is born, your thoughts almost automatically turn to their future, looking for ways to protect their well-being.
Fortunately, there is one decision you can make even before your baby is born to potentially help protect not just their future health but your whole family’s: preserving your baby’s newborn stem cells.
Understanding Why Newborn Stem Cells Are So ValuableThe blood and the tissue that make up your baby’s umbilical cord are both rich sources of powerful hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These stem cells are often referred to as “smart” cells because of their ability to locate injured cells in the body and begin the process of healing.1
Additionally, because newborn stem cells are younger, they are likely to be more flexible than adult stem cells from other sources such as bone marrow, and have a greater matching potential.2 This is especially good news for donor-conceived children, who ordinarily have access to only one parent’s stem cells. In fact, babies are a 100% match for their own cells, siblings have a 75% chance of at least a partial match, and biological parents are always a partial match, but usually require more stem cells than are typically collected from cord blood.3 For the past 30 years, these power-packed newborn cells have been used to help more than 40,000 patients in a variety of ways using both transplant and regenerative medicines.
Cord blood is ideal for stem cell transplants:2 procedures that use healthy blood and immune-forming stem cells to help heal damaged blood or immune systems in the instances of over 80 conditions.4 That includes blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, as well as cancer, Tay-Sachs disease, and more.
Cells from cord blood are also being used with regenerative medicine research, while the use of cord tissue and their mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are being investigated as well. This particular approach seeks to heal tissues and organs by replacing tissue or stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms in conditions with underlying inflammation or tissue injury. 5,6 That includes issues as serious as heart defects, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
Initially, clinical trials used only a child’s own newborn stem cells. However, matched sibling and unrelated donor cord blood are being explored. And with more than 500 clinical studies currently investigating the potential of cord blood and cord tissue, there are exciting new discoveries in both transplant and regenerative medicines being made all the time.
Helping Families Tap Into the Potential of Newborn Stem CellsAt Donor Egg Bank USA, we are always looking for ways to help provide our families with even greater peace of mind — from day one to even after your baby is born. That’s why we provide all our Donor Egg Bank USA families with free access to preserving and storing your baby’s newborn stem cells through the Cord Blood Advantage® Program via our sister company, Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®).
Enrolling in this valuable program is easy. Once you do, you’ll receive your official collection kit to take with you to the hospital on delivery day. Your doctor or midwife can perform the collection after the birth and help you arrange a medical courier to have it delivered to the Cord Blood Registry facility.
The Cord Blood Advantage Program includes complimentary:
Cord blood and cord tissue processing
Courier service and your first year of storage
24-hour customer care
Genetic counselor support
A $2,840* value, these are all services to support what could be a life-saving decision to preserve your baby’s cord blood or cord tissue.