You already know that banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood could one day help your child or a close blood relative. As you’re thinking about saving your baby’s cord blood, consider maximizing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect your child’s healthy future by collecting placenta blood as well.
Here’s what you need to know about the placenta and how you can collect and preserve even more potentially life-saving stem cells when your baby is born.
What is Placenta Blood?
Placenta blood is the blood that’s left in the placenta after birth. During your pregnancy, the placenta provides your baby with oxygen, water and essential nutrients and protects your baby against infection.1,2 After birth, your baby no longer needs the placenta, but the usefulness of the placenta doesn’t end with delivery. Like the umbilical cord, the placenta blood is a rich source of stem cells which can be collected and stored in case your child or a close family member needs them someday.3
How is Placenta Blood Collected?
Placenta blood collection is a quick, easy and painless procedure for both baby and mom. After the baby is born and the placenta is expelled from the mother’s body, the placenta is placed in a canister and then into the LifebankUSA collection kit.
How Can Placenta Blood Save Lives?
Just like the stem cells found in cord blood, the stem cells found in the placenta can be used for life-saving transplants to treat diseases such as leukemia, certain metabolic abnormalities and inherited diseases of the immune system or red blood cells. Stem cell transplants work by replacing other cells in the body that have either been destroyed or stopped working properly.4
What are the Benefits of Banking Placenta Blood?
Adding placenta blood banking can make your cord blood collection even more powerful by potentially doubling the number of stem cells that are collected and preserved.5 Here are three reasons why having more stem cells matters:
- Research studies have shown that transplanting more stem cells can improve transplant success and survival. 6,7,8
- Preserving more stem cells means they may be used to treat more than one health condition that may affect your child or other close family member in the future.
- Placenta blood increases other types of stem cells that have shown promise in regenerative medicine, an area of groundbreaking clinical research that involves the use of stem cells to repair or regrow damaged tissues and organs.9
When Do I Need to Decide to Bank Placenta Blood?
You only have one chance to collect and store the stem cells in blood from the placenta and umbilical cord. If you want to save more stem cells and have greater peace of mind, talk with your family and your doctor about the decision to save placenta blood along with cord blood before your due date so you’ll be ready.
Only LifebankUSA offers you this unique opportunity to save more stem cells. Since 2006, LifebankUSA has been the only private cord blood bank to offer parents the option of adding placenta blood banking to cord blood banking. And these stem cells are being put to work – as of July 2015, LifebankUSA has released 19 placenta blood units for transplant in patients ranging from 3 months old to 45 years of age.10 LifebankUSA is also the first and only private cord blood bank to provide a unit of stem cells from placenta blood for a successful transplant.
Get inspired by Quentin, a little boy whose life was saved using his sister’s placenta and cord blood.