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With their inherent regenerative properties, stem cells are undoubtedly the new frontier of medicine. In a nutshell; stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have not yet specialised into a specific type of cell, and are therefore able to transform (specialise) into different types of body cells, each of them with specific functions. With the help of modern medicine, stem cells are able to ‘repair’ damaged organs and tissues.
Stem cells, nevertheless, are not all identical and they are distinguished into embryonic and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells, are found only in the embryo at the earliest stages of development and are able to differentiate into all cell types of the body. Adult stem cells are present in some of our organs and tissues, are able to differentiate into several types of cells (pluripotent or multipotent stem cells) or in a single cell type (unipotent), depending on their characteristics.
Stem Cells, a treasure to protect
The ethical aspect is a huge controversy. Even if embryonic stem cells have a greater proliferative capacity, the extraction of embryonic stem cells requires the destruction of the embryo, which is not ethically or legally allowed. The use of newborn stem cells are allowed, as these stem cells are non-embryonic and are considered as early “adult” stem cells which can be used for therapeutic purposes.
By saving your newborn’s stem cells you are preserving a treasure of existing and prospective treatments for your family and safeguarding a valuable resource. The decision you make today may provide vital health choices in the future for your family.
The blood in a baby’s umbilical cord has the power to save lives. By choosing to bank this cord blood, parents could help their child, a family member, or even a stranger.
“Cord blood” is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. Till recent years, this umbilical cord blood was discarded as medical waste. Cord blood contains stem cells that may be cryopreserved for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplantation or new emerging therapies.
Apart from the cord blood, your baby’s cord tissue also contains powerful and unique stem cells. Cord tissue stem cells consist of endothelial, epithelial and mesenchymal cells, which also have the ability to repair and restore the body.
A precious source of healing cells for the future
Stem cells healing properties are ever increasing and thereby also their possibilities in improving healthcare. Apart from the current therapies for treatment of cancer and blood diseases, newborn stem cells are being studied for treatments in regenerative and transplant medicine, including conditions like diabetes, heart defects, hearing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, and many more. Currently, more than 80 diseases can be treated and various others that are being studied in clinical trials. By storing your new baby’s stem cells, many opportunities for treatment exist.
Your baby’s stem cells have exceptional and potent healing properties. The stem cells have RECURE (REbuilding, CUring and REplacing) capacity. One single cell to multiply and change into many other cell types. Cryopreserving your baby’s stem cells at birth in a naïve form makes them available for the entire family for future medical treatment.
Newborn stem cells have incredible healing capacity
Powerful lifesaving treatments today
Your baby’s umbilical cord is a life-sustaining connection between you and your baby. Long after your baby is born, the power of that connection can play a role in healing. Today more than 50,000 stem cell transplants are performed worldwide each year to treat some of the following diseases:
A promise for the future
Stem cell regenerative medicine has the ability to influence your family’s health in the future. The field of stem cell therapy is rapidly changing. What we know about stem cells continues to advance, with new discoveries being applied to numerous diseases. These diseases are being studied in regulated clinical trials. Many of these diseases had no hope of advanced treatment in the past and stem cell therapy has now provided this possibility. These clinical trials signify a new era of treatment using newborn stem cells as therapeutic agent.