Cord Blood Banking

 

Cord blood is collected by your midwife immediately after the birth of your baby.  Cord blood has been used in over 20,000 transplants both here in NZ and internationally to treat numerous childhood conditions since 1988, most notably in oncology.

Stem cell research is a rapidly evolving area of medicine which is likely to produce significant breakthroughs in the treatment and cure of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the future and there is a growing body of research which shows that a child’s own cord blood may play a role in the treatment of other conditions such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and Type 1 Diabetes.  On the basis of this growing body of evidence, a number of internationally significant clinical trials are underway using cord blood to treat these conditions. These trials are only open to children who have their own cord blood stored.

At present there is no public cord blood storage facility in New Zealand.  However, cord blood storage is provided to families privately by CordBank (www.cordbank.co.nz or 0800 CORDBANK).  All costs for cord blood collection and storage are paid privately by families wishing to utilise this service.