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What is Cord blood?

Facts about cord blood

Cord blood is a sample of blood taken from a newbornbaby’s umbilical cord. Collection of cord blood is done byhospital staff or specially trained collectors immediatelyafter delivery.
Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells(HSCs), which have already been used in thousands of transplants to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases,including cancers, blood disorders and immune system deficiencies.
First cord blood transplant was performed 25 years ago(in 1988) and the industry is in constant growth since than.
Until today, more than 35.000 successful transplants havebeen done and this number grows every year.



Usage of CB in medicine

A cord blood transplant is a hematopoietic cell transplant that uses cord blood instead of bone marrow or peripheral blood as the source of blood-producing stem cells for the transplant. Cord blood cells are transplanted into a patient where they engraft and begin producing healthy blood cells.

It is important to understand that after 25 years of successful transplants we can be very certain this is a very reliable and useful source of stem cells.

For the list of diseases where cord blood can help, please view current and future treatments.



Type of stem cells in CB

Stem cells are basic human cells that have the potential of becoming any type of cell in the body. One of the main characteristics of stem cells is their ability to self-renew or multiply while maintaining the potential to develop into other types of cells.

The type of stem cell that is rich in umbilical cord blood is the same type that is rich in bone marrow. This is why in many cases stored cord blood is a perfect substitute for bone marrow.

Hematopoietic stem cell gives rise to all the other blood cells and is the foundation of our bodies’ immune system.



Delayed clamping

We receive many enquiries regarding the timing of clamping the cord after birth and whether delayed cord clamping can be achieved when collecting cord blood.Stemlife are committed to doing what is best for your precious baby now and for the future and ultimately try to achieve a happy balance.We do not interfere with the birth process or the practices of your health care provider so they will clamp when they deem it appropriate. We will however ask the staff to clamp once the baby is crying and their respirations are established if they have not done so at this stage. (This is usually achieved within a minute of birth).We are happy to discuss delaying longer however obviously there is a chance of collecting a reduced volume if it is delayed for a lengthy period. True delayed clamping (ie. waiting until cord has stopped pulsing – NIL pulsating) and cord blood collecting are not compatible at this stage.



Doctors about cord blood

“I believe it is advisable to save stem cells from neonatal sources such as cord blood and tissue for a number of reasons. Firstly it is freeand relatively easy to collect and the cells are more abundant, compared to collecting later in life. Secondly, the potential for future medical uses for these cells is massive, and with the large amount of research currently being undertaken in the stem cell therapy area, I am confident the cell therapy promise will become a reality within ten to twenty years.”

Dr Andrew Davidson
Medical Director, Stemlife, and medical director, City Fertility Centre GC Australia



What is Cord tissue?

In addition to banking stem cells from your baby’s cord blood, you have the option to also bank stem cells from your baby’s umbilical cord tissue. The reason for banking cord tissue in addition to cord blood is because this way we get the access do different type of stem cells and increase the chances of successful treatment. When we speak of cord tissue banking, we speak of umbilical cord, without the blood.

Facts about cord Tissue

The umbilical cord forms by the fifth week of fetal development, replacing the yolk sac as the source of nutrients for the fetus.

The cord is not directly connected to the mother's circulatory system, but instead joins the placenta, which transfers materials to and from the mother's blood without allowing direct mixing.

The umbilical cord in a full term neonate is usually about 50 centimeters long and about 2 centimeters in diameter.



Usage of CB in medicine

Cord tissue is a great source of Mesenchymal stem cells, multipotent stromal cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types. Because of their ability to form bones, cartilage, muscles, fat and other types, we can use them to treat a wide range of diseases. Current clinical studies show great potential in treating numerous diseases like Alzheimer's Disease, Aplastic Anemia, Cerebral Palsy, Type 1 Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinal Cord Injury and others.Current studies show that Mesenchymal stem cells have the best potential for organ regeneration and for growing new human organs.



Type of stem cells in CT

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Delayed clamping

Cord tissue can be collected without any problems in combination with delayed cord clamping.

Stemlife offers to store cord tissue stem cells as a separate service, without having to store cord blood and this is a good solution for clients who wish to do delayed cord clamping.



Doctors about cord tissue

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Process / How CB & CT collection works

STEP 01 APPLICATION

It is important you have all the information you need, that is why our support is always there for you. Give us a call at 1300 533 474 and a stem cell specialist will answer all of your questions.
Once you have all the information required, you enroll using the online application form or give us a call and we will guide you through the process.We will deliver the collection kit at your address before expected due date and your task will be to take it to hospital for delivery.

STEP 02 COLLECTION OF CB AND CT

Collection of cord blood and/or tissue will be done either by hospital staff or specially trained collectors, provided by Stemlife. We will help you decide for the option that is best for you.

After the collection, we will arrange for collection kit to be delivered to our laboratory near Brisbane (QLD) using fast and safe courier options.

STEP 03 PROCESSING, TESTING, STORAGE

As soon as the collection kit reaches our laboratory, we will start the process. Stemlife uses most advanced procedures to assure the highest possible quality of stored samples. We will also test the samples to make sure they are safe for future medical use and provide you with the results, next to results which describe details about stored samples.
Certificate will allow you to access the stored cells very fast in case you later require them for medical application.

Pricing

Step 01: Choose your package

Collection, processing and storage of cord blood.

Price:

$1,550.00

Collection, processing and storage of cord tissue.

Price:

$1,550.00

Collection, processing and storage of cord blood and cord tissue.

Price:

$2,900.00

Special offer: cord blood, cord tissue and dental pulp stem cells.

Price:

$4,225.00
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Step 02: Choose your option

Dual storage

Store samples on 2 separate locations for extra security.

Price:

$300.00

Collector

Specially trained collector will collect cord blood and tissue after delivery.

Price:

$300.00
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Step 03: Choose your storage plan

Year to year

Choose this option if you wish to pay for the storage "as you go".

$150.00

10 years

This option includes additional 10 years of storage at a special price.

$1,000.00

You save: $500.00

20 years

This option includes additional 20 years of storage at a special price.

$1,500.00

You save: $1,500.00

30 years

This option includes additional 30 years of storage at a special price.

$2,000.00

You save: $2,500.00

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Total payment

$

Stemlife financing

24 x $

Deposit:

Payable - $150.00 upon application.

 

 

 

FAQ

Absolutely. In fact, Stemlife provides the most advanced Cord Tissue collection and storage. This is offered in conjunction with collection and storage of your baby’s cord blood.Cord tissue is a source of many cell types. Researchers have discovered that these stem cells play a major role infuture clinical therapies using Regenerative Medicine. This research holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissue and organs by stimulating the body to heal itself. Trials are underway using these stem cells to treat debilitating conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury.

Processing and storage of the cord tissue is outsourced to Californian based FamilyCord in an exclusive Australian partnership with Stemlife. This is because there is no licence currently available in Australia for cord tissue banking.

FamilyCord has been providing stem cell services for over 15 years and is a recognised leader in cord stem cell processing and storage. FamilyCord takes extra steps to give you more confidence with your cord tissue banking. The quantity and quality of your baby’s tissue stem cells are verified before placing them into storage. The stem cells are extracted from the cord tissue into a solution because storing cells as a solution (rather than tissue segments) allows for superior cryopreservation that maximises cells for future use.

A small sample of the solution is taken to perform expansion of your baby’s cells to demonstrate that they can grow. Cell expansion provides important information about the quality of stem cells for future therapies.

Family Cord will provide you with a photo certificate showing:

1. total cell count and viability (pre-freeze),
2. verified growth of the treatment-ready cells, and
3. photograph of the expanded MSC sample


All arrangements for the cord tissue banking are organised and managed by Stemlife.
A letter is sent to your attending doctor and hospital to notify them of your decision to store your baby’s cord blood and tissue with Stemlife. If a Stemlife collector is not involved it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the collection kit is taken into the delivery suite/operating theatre and to remind the attending doctor/ midwife to collect the blood and tissue.

If a Stemlife collector is involved with the collection, the parents will need to contact the collector when labour pains/contractions commence, to ensure the collector has adequate time to travel to the hospital. You will be provided with the collectors contact details well before your baby’s due date.
At most hospitals and in most circumstances it will be prior to the delivery of the placenta. However, as the delivery of the placenta can occasionally be shorter than the required collection time, collection after delivery of the placenta may occur. Either method can be used and the volumes collected are generally comparable.
Stemlife collect and store in ‘Closed System’ bags. Bags are more resistant to impact and handling.
All necessary equipment is provided in the collection kit. If the kit is accidently damaged or lost prior to the birth, please contact Stemlife immediately. Every effort will be made to replace the kit in sufficient time for the cord blood and tissue to be collected.
Cord blood and tissue collection are becoming more recognised as a regular part of the birthing process so most obstetricians and midwives are familiar with the process already. All attending doctors are offered education and familiarization sessions by Stemlife. Stemlife is committed to further inservice training for midwives and obstetricians where necessary.
Yes. All shipping and handling costs for metropolitan and major regional centre hospitals are included in the Stemlife service price. A transport fee may be charged to cover additional courier costs from rural hospitals. A quote will be provided upon request.
Yes. Stemlife ensures that there is somebody responsible for the safety of the cord blood from the point of pick-up at the hospital through to placement in long-term storage facility
Stemlife’s laboratory is operational 7 days a week.
Stemlife tests for contamination, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, CMV, Syphilis and HTLV. If the mother’s blood tests come back positive for any of the above, Stemlife will notify the mother’s doctor for further clinical management.
Yes. If there are any “positive” results from either the mother’s blood sample or the cord material, the parents are notified immediately and confidentially, either by Stemlife or the doctor. If the cord product needs to be discarded, a refund of the remaining processing and storage component will apply.
Yes. Stemlife is fully licensed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Stemlife processes the cord blood product to extract the stem cells for long term storage. This ensures that the cord blood product (mainly stem cells) is in the best possible form for long term storage and subsequent usage.
20mls. Whilst the optimal volume is between 50ml and 150ml, Stemlife will store as little as 20ml, as improvement in expansion technology indicates that this volume is usable.
Stemlife stores the cord blood product in a dual storage system for greater safety and future flexibility. The main advantage is that dual sample storage allows for possible multiple utilisation for the child.
Stemlife operates its own long term storage facilities. There are two storage locations and both locations have back-up alarm, electricity generation and liquid nitrogen systems and 24 hour security. Dual storage facilities are available if desired, where your baby’s stem cells can be stored at two separate sites as added security
Yes. The vapour nitrogen freeze tanks are used solely for the purpose of storing Stemlife cord blood. No other material is stored in the tanks.
Stemlife uses vapour phase nitrogen. This ensures no transmission of contaminates from the surface of one container to another.
Stemlife will provide you with confirmation when your baby’s cord stem cells are safely stored in the long term storage facility. Processing results will also be advised.
No. Stemlife has no links with any research and development facility, nor will it undertake any stem cell research or development, whether embryonic, cord blood or adult in origin. Stemlife’s sole purpose is to provide the most secure, safe, ethical collection and storage of your baby’s cord blood stem cells. Stemlife holds this material in trust for you. We cannot and will not utilise or allow any other person, company or research facility to access your baby’s blood product without your written authorisation.
Stemlife provides no services other than cord blood and tissue collection, processing and storage.
Stemlife is managed day to day by a CEO with over 30 years experience in the finance industry. The CEO reports to a board of directors comprising scientists, specialist medical practitioners and leading businessmen, including a qualified accountant and hospital administrator with over 15 years experience in the hospital and medical environment.
Stemlife has been operational since 2006. Over the last two years the company has built its own laboratory and expanded services to include cord tissue storage in partnership with a leading US cord and tissue banking company.

In the unlikely event that Stemlife ever encountered financial difficulties, escrow arrangements with another cord blood bank will ensure cord blood product security. Part of each service fee received is allocated to a sinking fund for this purpose.
Stemlife will use its best endeavours to contact the parents (including guardians) by telephone and provide notification in writing that if fees are not paid by a designated date then the cord stem cells may be discarded 90 days thereafter
An additional fee may apply for late/ urgent enrolments. Please call Stemlife to discuss.
There is a $750 discount for a multiple birth collection.
Yes, a discount of $250 applies to repeat clients.
Yes. Respective refund amounts are detailed on the application form.
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