Snip snip, stem cell collection
It is custom for the father to cut the umbilical cord in Sweden. By making one more cut by cutting of a piece of the cord, he or anyone else, would have done a stem cell collection. In contrast to what many people think, the collection of stem cells is a simple procedure that can be done by the partner or any person supporting the mother at childbirth.
All the cells in your body are derived from a single stem cell, the fertilized egg. Stem cells are the building blocks of the body and they have unique attributes that can repair diseased or damaged tissue. The most common use of the family saved stem cells is treatment of a sibling with leukemia.
When your child is born and the umbilical cord is cut, Cellaviva can help you to save the stem cells that remain in the cord tissue and cord blood. The collection is done without any intervention, we take care of a waste product. The stem cells are safely stored in liquid nitrogen in the family’s own box in the freezer, saved for your family and future.
Everything you need to collect the stem cells of your newborn baby is gathered in the Cellavivabox, which is ordered from the Cellaviva web shop. Bring your Cellavivabox to the delivery room when it's time to give birth.
When the baby is born and the cord is clamped and cut in the usual way, the umbilical cord blood and/or the cord tissue can be collected. The collection process is painless and safe for you and your baby.
Cellaviva takes full responsibility for the process including the analysis and freezing of the stem cells in our bio bank. Cellaviva is the only stem cell bank holding a license from the The Health and Social Care Inspectorate in Sweden (IVO).
Your stem cells are unique
Stem cells are the source of all cells in the body and the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood are very special. The stem cells are just as new to the world as the child they come from, they have not yet been affected by the environment. Stem cells have the unique ability to reproduce itself indefinitely, while they can mature to become different kinds of cells in the body.
Treatments with stem cells
Cord blood stem cells have been used to treat 80 rare diseases and 40 000 patients have already received a cord blood transplant worldwide. A lifesaving treatment to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems.
Clinical trials using cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are currently evaluating the potential of stem cells in regenerative medicine. Researchers hope to find new approaches to healing the body using the cells’ natural abilities to repair and regenerate.
Saved stem cells might be a valuable asset for your child, grandchild or other family members.