What is Cord Tissue?
Cord tissue refers to the umbilical cord itself. Cord tissue contains mesenchymal stem cells, which are different from hematopoietic stem cells found in cord blood. Mesenchymal stem cells have the capacity to promote healing of the body by repairing damaged cells and rebuilding tissue.
Mesenchymal stem cells are being explored for their potential to treat cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and much more. It is highly likely that many of these diseases will be treatable with stem cells in the lifetime of your child.
How is Cord Tissue Collected?
As with cord blood, cord tissue is collected following birth. In the past, both cord blood and cord tissue used to be discarded as medical waste. When you choose to preserve your newborn’s cord tissue, your delivering healthcare provider will cut a segment of the umbilical cord and place the umbilical cord in a provided collection vessel.
Banking cord tissue does not impact your birthing process. It is a quick and painless procedure that will provide your child and your entire family with lifetime access to a valuable source of stem cells.