Families have the opportunity to bank umbilical cord blood, which immediately provides a match for their child should they become ill and require a stem cell transplant later in life.
This service is provided in partnership with the Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Programto offer education for expectant parents around the value of banking cord blood.
Today, cord blood is used in the treatment of more than 75 life-threatening diseases, including a wide range of cancers, genetic diseases, immune system deficiencies, and blood disorders. The potential uses of umbilical cord blood are expanding rapidly to include such conditions as Type 1 diabetes and cerebral palsy.
Children of mixed ethnicity and minority groups are under-represented in Canadian and international stem cell registries, meaning finding a match can be more difficult for those children in need.
You can also download the parent’s guide to cord blood for further information.