What Are Cord Blood Stem Cells?
Umbilical Cord blood (“UCB”) is the blood found in the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a baby after the umbilical cord is cut. It is a rich source of stem cells that are being used today to treat various serious diseases.
Stem cells are the master cells of the body, the building blocks of tissues and organs. They have been described as young, undifferentiated, “magical” cells that can be developed into other types of cells.
UCB, once regarded as biological waste, is now highly regarded as a very precious therapeutic resource and can be collected in a safe manner by obstetrician or midwife following the birth of the baby.