How Anja Works

Visit our FAQs section to find answers to your questions or take our 5-minute interactive learning course by clicking here.

Anja's Process

Enroll

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.

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.

Quality Guarantees

Every Anja Health product includes the following

Collection kit supplied with

FDA-approved materials and How to Collect instructions for medical professionals

Biological goods courier

with 10+ years of experience

Maximizing stem cell count

via manual processing methods that individualize recovery - as opposed to automatic

Storage for a lifetime

without damaging stem cells as stem cells do not expire

FDA-approved and AABB-accredited lab storage

with 40+ years of experience

Anja Health Account Specialist

who ensures that you stay connected to your stored family stem cells and the latest developments in stem cell research

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The Science behind Anja

The following links and excerpts are from verified resources, such as the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, and National Institute of Health.

Anja x My Doula Heidi x Birth Story Media Podcast

"As a mom and doula, find out why I REGRET not banking my children's cord blood and how if I did, it could have changed our lives."

Transplantation of umbilical cord blood-derived cells for novel indications in regenerative therapy or immune modulation: a scoping review of clinical studies

"An increasingly broad range of disorders, however, are reflected in ongoing registered trials, which suggests greater activity, interest, and investment in UCB-derived cellular therapy."

Umbilical cord stem cells: Background, processing and applications

"Human umbilical cord stem cells are -in contrast to embryonic and fetal stem cells- ethically noncontroversial, inexpensive and readily available source of cells."

Stem cells in the umbilical cord

"Stem cells are thought to have great therapeutic and biotechnological potential. This will not only to replace damaged or dysfunctional cells, but also rescue them and/or deliver therapeutic proteins after they have been engineered to do so."

Selma Blair: Actress says she's in remission from multiple sclerosis

"My prognosis is great. I'm in remission. [Umbilical cord blood] Stem cells put me in remission."

Umbilical cord stem cell: an overview

"Stem cells (SC) from umbilical cord blood (UCB) are now a new reliable alternative to treat different blood diseases, if the samples are frozen at the moment of birth. Human umbilical cord blood, with its real abundance, simple collection procedure and no serious ethical dilemmas, represents a valuable alternative to the use of other stem cell sources."

Umbilical cord blood improves motor skills in some children with cerebral palsy

"Children [with cerebral palsy] who received one intravenous dose of at least 25 million stem cells per kilogram of their body weight saw improvements in motor function a year later."

Type 1 Diabetes Reversed With Stem Cells From Cord Blood

"Stem cells from cord blood “re-educated” the immune system T cells of people with type 1 diabetes so their pancreas started producing insulin again."

Other FAQs

Feel free to reach out to us at hello@anjahealth.com to answer any questions not listed here.

Why bank stem cells at birth?

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.

Read more on the science

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

Freezing umbilical cord blood could save your baby's life.

Join Serena Williams, Chriselle Lim, and so many other moms who banked umbilical cord blood.
Anja makes it easy.