What are stem cells?
Stem cells are unique cells that work as a repair and maintenance system for other body cells, the blood and immune system. They have the ability to multiply and transform into tissue, bone, blood and organ cells when needed, finding their way to damaged cells and tissue and replacing them.
The future of regenerative medicine is very promising and stem cells from umbilical cord blood and cord tissue are likely to play a major role in advances in treating disease.
What are stem cells used for?
Stem cells are biological cells found in the body. They serve as a repair and maintenance system for other body cells and the blood and immune systems by multiplying and transforming in to blood, bone, tissue and organ cells, when they are required to. At Smart Cells we store stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood and tissue. These potent cells find their way to injured cells and tissue in the body and begin to replace them.
How can I store my baby’s stem cells?
At Placenta Practice we work exclusively with Smart Cells who collect the powerful stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and tissue.
Cord blood stem cells and cord tissue stem cells can be easily isolated by Smart Cells from a section of the umbilical cord collected at birth. They take 10cm of cord and put it in a test tube with saline water. This solution protects and preserves the stem cells during transit.
A courier then transports the precious package safely to the laboratories of Smart Cells. The cord is processed immediately and the stem cells stored by Smart Cells for future possible use.
How much does it cost for cord blood banking?
Booking fee: £295
Final balance: £1700Total: £1995Storage fee: £50/year
Who are Smart Cells?
Smart Cells is the first private umbilical cord blood storage company in the UK, established in 2000. It is the first UK private company to have released stored cord blood units to transplant centres worldwide to treat children with life-threatening illnesses.
It has released samples to patients all over the world to treat a variety of conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Thalassemia, Leukaemia and HSV Encephalitis.
Smart Cells are offering a 10% off offer to Placenta Practice clients. To find out about this offer Contact us today.
What can cord blood stem cells do?
Stem cell therapy is extremely exciting and holds great promise for treating and possibly one day curing many diseases. Storing stem cells for someone already suffering from an illness that stem cell therapy can treat may be of particular importance and relevance. For others, it is likely that at some point in their life, they or a loved one will be affected by a disease that stem cells can treat.
Storing your baby’s stem cells at the time of birth is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Valuable resource of stem cells can be captured and be used in the treatment of serious illness or disease.
Cost of storing your cord tissue and stem cells?
Booking fee: £395
Final balance: £2150
Storage fee: £100/year