Precious umbilical cord blood

During pregnancy, the umbilical cord forms the link to your baby but after delivery it is no longer required either by you or your child. However, the blood that remains in the cord and the placenta following the birth and separation of your baby contains precious stem cells.

Unrelated stem cells (URD stem cells) from umbilical cord blood are currently employed for the successful treatment of serious disorders of the blood-forming system (e.g. leukaemia and anaemia). They therefore represent a genuine alternative to stem cells from bone marrow or peripheral blood.

Therefore, all stored umbilical cord blood donations constitute an important part of a global pool of stem cells and may possibly aid an affected patient.