Your baby’s umbilical cord is a valuable source of stem cells which can be collected and stored and potentially used as a crucial part of treating or curing an illness. Meet our partner SmartCells who can store stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood and cord tissue.
At VisitHealth we work with a range of companies we feel can bring value to our customers' lives outside of our services. Pregnancy is a new experience for many of the mothers-to-be we treat at VisitHealth, and storing their babies stem cells is often something they have never heard of. That's why we work with Smart Cells, one of the most established stem cell storing companies in the UK to give our customers all the options during this magical journey.
Pregnancy and starting a family are full of special moments that you don’t want to miss. Storing your baby’s stem cells at the time of birth is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture these precious cells as a form of insurance for the health and wellbeing of your child.
What conditions can umbilical cord stem cells treat?
Cord blood stem cells can be used to replace diseased cells with healthy new cells and rebuild an individual’s blood and immune system, treat neurological and metabolic disorders as well as treating various types of cancer. There are over 80 diseases that are being successfully treated with this invaluable resource. Stem cells stored by Smart Cells have been used to treat children with conditions including cerebral palsy, tetraparesis, autism and leukaemia.
How does saving your baby's umbilical cord stem cells work?
A trained private obstetrician or midwife or an assigned phlebotomist collect blood or tissue from the umbilical cord just after the birth. These samples are then frozen and stored by Smart Cells to be used if your child develops a condition that can be treated with their stem cells.