July 15, 2015

Umbilical cord blood banking is becoming more and more popular because cord blood is an incredibly rich source of stem cells, which can be used to treat more than 80 diseases. Cord blood and umbilical cord tissue banking can be helpful in treating genetic diseases, immune deficiencies, and blood malignancies in the person it was collected from, or a sibling or relative that has a high chance of being a match for family cord banking.

Umbilical cord blood and cord tissue banking has many benefits; primarily, that it is a way to preserve cells that possess life-saving potential, which would otherwise be discarded as medical waste after the birth of a child. What is cord tissue? The physical lining and interior of the umbilical cord itself. There are many cord tissue banking benefits, so many parents decide to store both their child’s cord blood and cord tissue through CariCord, one of the family cord blood services.

The actual umbilical cord tissue or blood banking procedure is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It can typical be performed no matter what method of birth you choose, and takes place in five minutes or less. Family cord banking collection is very simple and easy. Once the cord blood is collected, it is securely packaged and shipped via medical courier to CariCord’s sterile processing facility, located near Denver, Colorado.

Once it arrives, the umbilical cord blood and/or cord tissue is processed and stored via cryopreservation. This method typically preserves the cord blood in either liquid- or vapor-phase (CariCord uses vapor phase) nitrogen, which helps preserve and maintain the usability of the stem cells contained in the umbilical cord blood and tissue. This will ensure that your child’s cord blood or tissue will be available and functional in the event that it is ever needed. For more on cord blood or cord tissue banking benefits, feel free to explore our website or contact us with any questions you may have, such as “What is cord tissue?”

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