Cord tissue banking is the process of collecting and storing sections of your baby’s umbilical cord after birth; freezing the stem cells within for potential future use in medical treatments for your child.

Cord tissue is known to be a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). They are known to transform into a variety of cell types in the human body, including bone, cartilage, muscle and fat cells. The number of MSCs in your body slowly decreases with age, so cord tissue banking offers an effective way to preserve these valuable cells.

Currently there are around 300 ongoing clinical trials worldwide, using MSCs to treat conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and diabetes.

As with our process of storing cord blood, we take stringent measures to ensure that if ever needed, your child receives a fit for purpose sample. Immediately after a cord tissue sample is collected, it is transported via our 24/7 courier service to our UK laboratory and processed, before carrying out a viability test.

Once the tissue sample has been cut into multiple portions, each portion is cryopreserved separately in our dedicated storage facility. We store an additional portion for quality control testing which is thawed and tested to ensure viable cells can be cultured. Storing multiple sections and confirming that every sample contains viable cells, ensures the widest range of options for future medical applications.

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How does it work?

The science behind cord tissue banking is complicated, but storing your baby’s stem cells really couldn’t be simpler. Here’s how it works;

We send you your collection kit well before the birth date, which contains everything you need to collect the sample (make sure you take it with you to the hospital on the big day!).

After birth, your consultant (or a phlebotomist provided by us) will take a tissue sample and place it back in the collection kit.

Our medical courier then collects the kit from your hospital or home, delivering it to our laboratory in Nottingham.

Once arrived we:

Process the sample by sectioning the tissue sample into multiple portions

Your baby’s sample is then cryogenically frozen in the vapour phase of liquid nitrogen, and stored in our facilities for decades to come

The sample is checked and confirmed as healthy and viable for future use

Should you ever need to use your sample, we’ll take care of everything and can ship it anywhere in the world, free of charge

Storing both cord tissue and cord blood

As part of our Premium package, you can collect and store your child’s cord tissue and cord blood. We highly advise this option to get the very most out of your child’s umbilical cord.

While cord tissue contains MSCs, cord blood contains haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). They can generate red blood cells and cells within the immune system to help treat inherited conditions and diseases such as forms of leukaemia and anaemia. In fact, cord blood stem cells are currently used in over 85 standard therapies.

Why choose Future Health?

Once you’ve decided that Cord Blood Banking is for you, you then need to decide which biobank you’re going to trust with your baby’s sample. Here’s why we think you should choose us;

One of the world's most accredited stem cell banks

Free release and shipment of your sample worldwide for use in treatment

Future Family Insurance free for two years