Umbilical cord blood, or cord blood for short, is the blood remaining in the umbilical cord after it is cut at birth. Cord blood is rich in stem cells and as a result has been deemed valuable by the medical community since the mid 1990s.
Note: Since cord blood is located in the umbilical cord, birth literally provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect and store cord blood.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are self renewing cells that can form into any of the mature blood cell types. Today, due to their unique characteristics, stem cells play a major role in treatment plans across a variety of diseases, including cancer. View a list of diseases to see how stem cells are helping doctors fight life-threatening diseases.
More recently, stem cells continue to be the focus of researchers trying to discover cures and new treatment plans. In particular, scientists are using cord blood stem cells in what is called regenerative medicine to help fight cerebral palsy, juvenile diabetes and more.
What is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking is the act of collecting and storing umbilical cord blood for future medical uses. Take a look at our cord blood banking reviews to find the best bank for you.