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.