April 24, 2015

In addition to offering private family umbilical cord blood banking, CariCord also offers public cord blood banking through the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank (UCCBB). UCCBB has a 18-year history of collecting, processing, securely storing, and distributing cord blood for human transplantation. As a public cord blood bank, UCCBB has consented 30,000 women and banked over 8,500 cord blood units. More than 750 of these cord blood units, which were collected at the births after mothers completed their stages of pregnancy, have been transplanted to recipients in need at more than 150 different transplant centers across the United States and overseas. This cord blood has been used to cure many diseases.

UCCBB is licensed by the FDA and accredited by AABB. They also provide cord blood to stem cell research investigators in Colorado, Michigan, New York, Tennessee and Washington. The bank is managed by immunogeneticists and stem cell transplant physicians who have decades of experience in umbilical cord blood banking and transplantation. Clinimmune Labs, the parent organization of UCCBB, provides sophisticated HLA high-resolution DNA typing, hematopoietic stem cell processing, flow cytometry, and regulatory oversight to the umbilical cord blood bank.

Hopefully this answers and questions you may have, such as, “What is stem cell research?” Cord blood is currently known to treat more than 80 diseases and can potentially save lives. Cord blood can only be banked at the birth of a child, so it is important to research your options in the earlier stages of pregnancy. There are essentially 3 options when it comes to cord blood. You can store it in a private bank for personal use, donate it to a public bank, or do nothing and have it discarded as medical waste. There is no charge to you for donating to a public bank, so it might be something you want to consider during your pregnancy stages. It could mean saving someone else’s life, and it is a simple and easy process, which is why we believe your family should consider all of your options related to umbilical cord blood banking.

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