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Cord Blood
Cord Blood

What is Cord Blood

Cord blood, also called 'placental blood', is blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth and after the umbilical cord is cut. Cord blood is normally discarded with the placenta and umbilical cord.

During pregnancy, the umbilical cord functions as a lifeline between mother and child. The cord blood present in the cord could offer hope for the child or members of the family. The umbilical cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), a proven resource for treatment of certain diseases. Cord blood collection procedure is painless and risk-free to both mother and baby. It takes about 3 minutes and does not alter the birthing process in any way.

Cordlife offers the service of cord blood banking for parents who wish to store their baby's cord blood stem cells now to capitalize on potential medical uses later.

Cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which are primarily responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system.

HSCs have the unique ability to differentiate into various cell types found in blood as depicted in the diagram below:

Red Blood Cells

Red Blood Cells
Carry oxygen to all cells in the body

White Blood Cells

White Blood Cells
Fight infection

Platelets

Platelets
Assist blood clotting in the event of injury

Cord blood stem cell transplants are used in the following ways:

Replace and regenerate damaged or diseased bone marrow

Replace and regenerate damaged or diseased bone marrow

sibling/allogeneic transplantation

Correct genetic defects (sibling/allogeneic transplantation)

Potential for cellular therapy and regenerative medicine

Potential for cellular therapy and regenerative medicine

Regenerate brain cells

Treatment for blood cancers