What is Cord Blood Banking?

Stem cells are the building blocks of life, and your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a rich source of these precious cells. With the ability to regenerate and protect the body from within, stem cells are able to develop into many different types of blood and tissue cell.

Cord blood banking is the process of collecting, processing and storing these cells for use in future stem cell therapies. Currently, stem cells found in cord blood are used in treating over 85 diseases including cancerous blood disorders such as leukaemia, and genetic blood diseases like Fanconi anaemia.

Doctors, scientists and industry experts widely believe that stem cells will play a key role in the future of regenerative medicines, and may soon provide therapies for many diseases that are currently incurable, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as the ability to develop into entire organs. Stem cells found in your baby’s cord blood are unique.

They are a perfect match for your baby and have a 25% chance of matching a sibling, so you know that should they ever be required there will be no waiting and hoping for a suitable donor, and no fear of the body rejecting the cells.

There is only one chance to bank your baby’s cord blood; the day they are born. Get in touch with us today to find out more about the benefits of cord blood banking.

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How does it work?

The science behind cord blood banking is complicated, but storing your baby’s stem cells 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 extract the sample, and place it back into 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,

Check your sample is healthy and viable for future use

Process your sample to concentrate the number of stem cells stored, and split into multiple portions for future use

Double check the health of the sample and count the number of stem cells extracted, to make sure it’s ready and viable should it ever be needed in the future

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

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

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;

The World’s most accredited stem cell bank

Proud to store more samples than all other UK banks combined

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