Banking Your Baby’s Cord Tissue Is Also Very Important
Your baby’s umbilical cord is made up unique and powerful cells that are different from the stem cells in cord blood. These cells are called mesenchymal stems cells (MSC) and they have the ability to create many other cell types which can be helpful in treating a variety of diseases. MSC from your baby’s umbilical cord can transform into muscle, fat, cartilage, bone, and neurons. In addition, MSCs produce growth factors and cytokines which signal and cue stem cells to help repair and heal the body by replacing dying or damaged cells.
As the medical research behind the use of cord tissue is relatively new, Securacell stores your baby’s cord tissue whole. Saving the whole cord preserves all of the cells the cord tissue contains for potential future use for your baby and possibly other members of your family. Your baby’s cord tissue will be stored cryogenically right along with you baby’s cord blood! Research suggests that a baby’s cord tissue can help prevent or decrease transplant complications, so having both cord blood and cord tissue saved is beneficial.