March 20, 2015

You have several options when it comes to umbilical cord blood banking with CariCord. You can choose to bank both your baby’s umbilical cord blood and cord tissue, or opt for just one or the other, blood or tissue banking. While cord blood banking is the most popular option for most of our families, those who are choosing both cord blood and tissue banking is on the rise. This is likely due to increased awareness of the benefits contained within the tissue of the umbilical cord, as well as the vast potential contained in the numerous types of cells found in the cord tissue. It could also be that more parents are learning about the added option of tissue banking.

Why parents would want to have their baby’s umbilical cord tissue stored at a cord blood bank is for many of the same reasons that they chose cord blood banking to being with. The known health benefits are numerable, and like cord blood, advances in stem cell research are uncovering even more valuable uses for this irreplaceable resource.

Cord blood tissue is rich in many different types of cells that can be used in many medical treatments. For example, the cord tissue contains mesenchymal stem cells, as well as endothelial and epithelial cells. The umbilical cord tissue is made up of many parts including blood vessels, amniotic epithelium, Wharton’s jelly, and the inter-vascular, sub-amniotic and peri-vascular areas. The cells used for transplants are collected from various areas of the umbilical cord tissue, which is why CariCord opts to keep the entire tissue intact when placed in cold storage.

Some of the treatment options currently available from cord tissue stem cells are autoimmune or inflammatory diseases, skeletal injuries, and gastrointestinal and neurological diseases. Treatments currently being studied for potential future use include those for burns, vascular damage, and damage to the skin, bones or ligaments.

CariCord offers discounts to families who choose cord blood banking for both their baby’s umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue. We are currently offering up to a $800 discount for the package option, which includes the CariKit collection package containing everything you and your doctor will need to collect your baby’s cord blood, shipping and courier fees, cord blood and tissue processing, as well as the first year of storage. For less than $3,000, you are making an investment in your child’s future well-being and the value of that is immeasurable. Visit the “Pricing” tab on our website to see a breakdown of our cord blood banking fees, as well as our current discounts and special offers!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions on umbilical cord tissue or cord blood banking. We look forward to serving you and your family with all your cord blood banking needs.

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