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Why we recommend cord blood, cord tissue, & placenta
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Storage payments (below) start 1 month after birth. Monthly installments are made for 8 years, which covers 20 years of storage.
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FDA-approved materials and How to Collect instructions for medical professionals
with 10+ years of experience. Can pick up from across the United States wherever you give birth, whether its a birth clinic, home, or hospital.
via manual processing methods that individualize recovery - as opposed to automatic
without damaging stem cells as stem cells do not expire
with 40+ years of experience
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 FDA currently approves cord blood as a treatment for certain lymphomas, solid tumors, anemias, inherited red cell abnormalities, leukemias, inherited immune system disorders, bone marrow cancers, inherited immune and other system disorders, and inherited metabolic disorders. Clinical trials are progressing focusing on cord blood or tissue stem cells being used for acquired hearing loss, autism, cerebral palsy, congenital heart defects, Crohn's disease, diabetes, eczema, Parkinson's, signs of aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's, cartilage injury, cleft palate repair, heart disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, spinal cord injury, stroke, and wound healing.
The umbilical cord is rich with powerful stem cells - hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to be precise. A baby's own HSCs are so powerful because they are a 100% genetic match, meaning that they may also have the power to treat family members. Banking a baby's own umbilical cord is so powerful finding an exact genetic match for umbilical cord blood - if it's needed to treat diseases in the future - is difficult, especially for people of color and multiracial people.
The tissue of a baby's umbilical cord is filled with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have the potential to become cartilage, bone, and connective tissue cells. In the case of personal injury or physical ailments, these can potentially be extremely helpful.
The placenta is rich with mesenchymal stem cells, the same kind of stem cells that are in the umbilical cord tissue. Placental tissue MSCs, however, specifically have valuable growth elements, which are effective when it comes to anti-aging, limiting neural degeneration, and more. Anja banks the placenta amnion, which
Anja Health Family Defense Baby, our package with just umbilical cord blood banking has an average industry price of $4900. However, Anja's is 20% lower because we prioritize accessibility. Cord blood banking in general is expensive, however, because stem cells have to be carefully processed and cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen, which is a hefty process. Anja is able to lower prices through our tech-enabled platform that lowers costs via automation.
HSC treatments are standard-of-care for multiple sclerosis treatments, and it has additionally been successfully used to treat cancers like leukemia and metabolic, immune, and blood disorders, such as Krabbe disease and sickle cell disease. Over 1300 clinical trials are currently being conducted to examine how it can treat neurological conditions as well - including cerebral palsy and Autism.
MSCs are the subject of multiple - and growing - clinical research studies. They are focused on utilizing MSCs for the treatment of severe wounds and physical trauma, stroke, spinal cord injuries, liver disease, Autism, lung disease, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Finding a match of the same ethnicity as the recipient is the key to finding an exact genetic match for umbilical cord blood. Because of racial inequities in access to healthcare and access to donating one's umbilical cord blood, it is especially difficult to find a match as a person of color or someone who is mixed race. On top of that, there is only a 29% chance that a match will be accepted by the recipient's system. So, the answer is yes, you could find a match, but the probability of a successful match is slim.
Immediately after birth, your baby's umbilical cord is clamped and cut. A doctor or midwife draws cord blood from the clamped cord into a collection bag. Once you call the number on our collection kit to alert our shipping team that you've given birth, a medical courier picks up the collection kit and speedily delivers it to a lab. Necessary testing is carried out, and cord blood stem cells are stored in a liquid nitrogen storage tank within a lab facility.
First and foremost, we offer a pristine user experience. Our customer service support will always be available to walk you through any and every step of the process. Technology is also on our side - we have not only the biotech necessary for cord blood banking, but we have the automation to make sure that you receive the very best service with the least amount of touch points and friction - the only thing you have to think about is your baby. On top of that, we offer fixed annual storage fees, FDA-approved collection kits for C-sections, FDA-approved anticoagulants, a quality guarantee, and viability testing in place to ensure that stem cells are frozen at their highest quality.
Anja's facility is based in New Jersey, and it is FDA-registered, AABB-accredited, American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics accredited member of Be the Match national registry of public cord blood banks. Since the facility's opening, it has processed over 35,000 units of cord blood and provided cord blood stem cells for over 300 transplants.
Anja's contracted shipping company has over 10 years of experience in shipping medical products and delivers within 24 hours to Anja's contracted lab. However, the blood and tissue can last in the collection kit for up to 48 hours.
The FDA approves cord blood stem cells as a treatment for 80+ diseases, and this number is constantly increasing as clinical trials make more notable discoveries surrounding stem cell use.
No - maintaining stem cell viability requires careful cryopreservation in extreme temperatures.
Yes - delayed cord clamping includes delaying cutting the cord, allowing cord blood to flow back into the baby. You can do delayed cord clamping as well as cord blood banking with Anja.
Yes - siblings are on average a 75% match and parents are a 50% match for cord blood. The entire family can benefit from one person's cord blood.
We can get kits to parents within 3 days of their due date, but we recommend that parents enroll as early as possible because we've had numerous clients unexpectedly go into labor early.
Stem cells can be used in the United States in an FDA-approved, secure, and safe context.
After enrollment, we'll send you your kit, you complete our health information forms, you notify your physician that you're banking, and bring the kit with you to birth. Let an admitting nurse or midwife know about your plans to bank on your baby's exciting day, and providers can use our instructions inside of the kit to collect properly.
Physicians don't necessarily have to be notified in order to complete collection as we have explanatory instructions inside of our kits for providers on the day of the baby's birth. However, we recommend that you forward our provider instructions to your doula, midwife, and/or physician prior to birth for their knowledge and convenience.
If delayed cord clamping is done for only 2 minutes max or less (or not at all), it is extremely likely that enough stem cells were collected. We follow up with a stem cell certificate 1 month after birth so you can get an exact stem cell count. We also provide a stem cell certificate guide so you can easily understand and analyze the information.
All biological goods stored with Anja will stay in our New Jersey lab regardless of what happens to Anja as a business. Client relationship management and connection will be securely transferred to a responsible, experienced party if necessary.
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)