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What is cord blood?

Cord blood is the blood that flows in the umbilical cord between the mother and unborn baby while still in the womb. The umbilical cord provides the baby will all the blood, food and nutrients needed during development. Once the baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut and the baby is able to breathe and receive nourishment on its own.

The blood in the umbilical cord is a rich source of stem cells and hematopoietic progenitor cells. The blood that is left over after the cord is cut can be collected by your healthcare provider in the minutes following birth and stored in cryogenic storage at a cord blood bank for future use by your child or possibly other family members to treat dozens of diseases and illnesses.