The umbilical cord contains a special type of stem cell called mesenchymal cells. They have slightly different properties than the cells found in cord blood. They have the ability to differentiate themselves into other types of cells, for example: nerve, bone or cartilage.
Stem cells from cord tissue are derived from Wharton's jelly. It is a specific tissue that surrounds the umbilical vessels. The procedure of cord tissue collection is simple, quick and painless. It poses no threat to the mother or baby. The cord tissue is collected by using one of our special collection kits. The doctor or midwife cuts a segment of the umbilical cord (around 10 - 15 cm in length), which is then transferred to a special container. In the laboratory, the umbilical cord tissue is examined and stem cells are isolated before being frozen. The entire procedure must meet all applicable quality standards.
Why it is worth storing cord tissue?
- mesenchymal cells (MSCs) are applied in medical experiments to help treat a variety of medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, autism and ALS.
- MSCs can be applied together with stem cells derived from cord blood in situations where there is a relatively low amount of haematopoietic stem cells within the cord blood.
- MSCs can be used to treat the whole family (there is no strict requirement for a HLA match as in the case of cord blood
At Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych (Polish Stem Cells Bank), the option of storing cord tissue together with your baby’s cords blood is available with our Blue and Gold packages.