Make magic out of your umbilical cord and placenta

We make it easier and more affordable than ever for you to store your baby's umbilical cord blood, tissue, and placenta's stem cells, which are the future of cancer, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, and more treatments. Find out how you can best use Anja:

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"I created Anja because

my brother's last chance at treatment for cerebral palsy was umbilical cord blood and we couldn't find a match because we're mixed race."
-Anja CEO Kathryn Cross (@KathrynAnja on TikTok)

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Why Serena Williams, Kylie Jenner, Chriselle Lim, and more banked their umbilical cord blood

Hollywood's best kept secret

Selma Blair, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, Bartolo Colon, Chris Johnson, and countless other celebrities have relied on stem cell treatments in order to repair damaged cartilage, tendon, and ligaments and work towards anti-aging. (Photo Courtesy New You)

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Quality of life improvement for those with cerebral palsy

In 2017, Armaan (left) was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth. In 2019, he used his own umbilical cord blood as a treatment. His parents reported, "we have seen positive changes in Armaan’s upper body strength, his vision, and his coordination." (Photo Courtesy Insception)

Life-saving leukemia treatment

In 2015, Jenna (right) celebrated being cancer free after using umbilical cord blood. She had initially tried chemotherapy, but doctors told her that it was not enough. She needed umbilical cord blood - she was saved as a result. (Photo Courtesy Robert Hood)

Why bank stem cells at birth?

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How could stem cells someday save my child's and my life?

Umbilical cord blood is rich with hematopoietic stem cells that have been successfully used to treat metabolic disorders, immune disorders, blood disorders, cancers, and neurological conditions, such as sickle cell disease, leukemia, and more. Umbilical cord tissue is rich with mesenchymal stem cells, which are the subject of clinical research looking at treatments for lung disease, Alzheimer's, Autism, heart disease, hair loss, and more.

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What happens if I don't freeze my baby's umbilical cord blood and tissue?

In the case that your child does get sick and could use stem cell treatments, you could try to find a donor. However, matching goes by ethnic background, and the chances of finding a matching donor as a person of color are less than 45%. If you're mixed race, it is highly unlikely that you'll find a match. Furthermore, if a biological match is found, there is a 71% chance of this match being rejected.

How does Anja go about freezing/banking umbilical cord blood and tissue?

Once you enroll with Anja, we send you our premium collection kit, which contains all necessary materials to collect cord blood and cord tissue. You bring that with you to birth and let your midwife, doula, or admitting nurse know that you have it. After birth, you notify our shipping team via our client portal that the collection is finished, and we'll come pick it up from wherever you are in the United States. We'll bring it to our facility and cryopreserve it for safe keeping. According to numerous studies, the length of cryopreservation has minimal impact on the recovery of viable cells, so we will keep your stem cells for as long as you need at our contracted trusted New Jersey-based, AABB-accredited, FDA-approved facility.

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Why is Anja the best company to collect stem cells?

  • Anja manually processes the cord blood, tissue, and placenta's stem cells after birth - individualizing the approach as opposed to having a machine do it. When compared to automated processing, Anja's manual processing leads to almost 25% more stem cells being recovered and up to 80% less red blood cells contaminating the sample.
  • Our partner providers have over 50 years of experience processing blood products
  • The most inclusive prices and premium experience available

How Anja works: at a glance

You don't know what to do with your umbilical cord, but you know you want what's best for your baby. Anja will help you every step of the way.

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with us here. We'll send you a collection kit to get started. One of our representatives can guide you through the process upon request if you click here, or you can complete the process in less than 5 minutes!

Add our collection kit to your hospital bag

Before birth, let your admitting nurse know that you have arranged for stem cell collection. Store the collection kit at room temperature, bring it with you to the hospital, and let a healthcare professional know you have it before birth. They will collect the stem cells as a part of their post-birth protocol.

After birth, contact our shipping team

Our shipping team will pick up the collection kit from your hospital, and we'll handle the rest - including viability testing, optimization, and cryopreservation within an AABB accredited lab.

You're in great company

We chose to bank for our twins, primarily because Parkinson's runs in the family and may be treatable with stem cells in the future."

May 2021 Mom

We thought it was worth banking it in case of injury or illness in the future. Plus, as biological parents, we could possibly utilize stem cells in the future if we need to. We took it as a form of health insurance for our child."

June 2020 Dad

It gives me peace of mind knowing that it's there in case (God forbid) something were to happen."

July 2020 Dad

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