Physicians recommend that you preserve them as they're FDA-approved and the future of cancer, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, and more treatments. We make it easier and more affordable than ever. Launch our 5-minute interactive learning course with our founder to find out how Anja works, pricing, and more:
I banked because I know how it works - I went to nursing school. It’s great because it can help the family too. I found out about Anja on the founder’s TikTok, and they exceeded my expectations. The best part was how available they were to answer questions even right when I gave birth.”
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."
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."
It gives me peace of mind knowing that it's there in case (God forbid) something were to happen."
Our doula recommended that we choose Anja. I wanted to bank for the extra security.”
My husband has cerebral palsy, so I immediately thought what Anja’s founder was doing was amazing. I’m super excited to present the option to my clients.”
I was intrigued and I was concerned that there was no way I could afford it. But Anja has buy now pay later options to make it so simple.”
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)
Why Serena Williams, Kylie Jenner, Chriselle Lim, and more banked their umbilical cord blood
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)
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)
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)
Born in 2006 with sickle cell anemia and at risk of stroke, Gabby (pictured) was given the choice to treat her sickle cell disease with cord blood stem cells. In summer 2012, she received an infusion of cord blood stem cells. In the summer of 2013, she was cured.
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.
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.
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.
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.