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Cord Blood Banking

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Did you know that your baby’s umbilical cord blood could help them if they get sick later in life?
Thousands of Kiwi babies, and millions of children worldwide have been given a gift like no other – they have had their cord blood banked. Here’s what you need to know about the power of stem cells and benefits of cord blood banking:
What is cord blood?
Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord after your baby is born. It is rich in stem cells. Saving this cord blood means your baby will have their own personal supply of these powerful cells should they ever need them.
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What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body’s master cells. They create our organs, tissues, blood and immune system. They have the power to heal. 
Why should I store my baby’s cord blood stem cells?
Cord blood stem cells have been used since 1988 to treat many illnesses including certain types of cancer. They are also being used by doctors as a life changing treatment for cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and autism. 
Exciting research also shows that cord blood stem cells may be the answer for many diseases and degenerative conditions including spinal cord injury, heart disease, stroke, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Already, two kiwi children have been re-infused with their own cord blood for the treatment of brain injury, and another New Zealand child has received a life-saving cord blood reinfusion after cancer treatment (read more here.
How is cord blood collected?
Cord blood collection is simple, safe and painless. If the blood isn’t collected for cord blood banking, it is simply discarded as medical waste - a precious resource lost forever. Once saved, you can relax knowing that your baby’s cord blood is there waiting, should they ever need it. 
How long does cord blood last?
A lifetime! Cord blood stem cells have no expiry date, and they are available for immediate use.
How do you register?
The chance to save your baby’s cord blood really in a once in a lifetime opportunity – it can only be done at birth. Therefore parents or relatives need to register in advance. There are many different payment options to make it a choice available to everyone – whether that’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly plans. 
You can simply register for cord blood banking online at To learn more about cord blood banking or to request a free information pack and DVD, call 0800 267 322 or visit


Please add your comments on Cord Blood Banking here.
Dee says ...
We used Cord Bank for our first baby, thought it wise to have just in case, hopefully we won't need to use it, but better safe than sorry!
Serena says ...
I love the idea of this but it is just to expensive to do for us :(
Siobhan says ...
Hi Serena,

Just wanted to let you know we have some new interest-free 12 and 24 month payment plans so it costs no more than $4.00 day (less than a latte in most cafes!) to bank your baby's cord blood.

Just call Marion on 0800 267 322 and she'd be pleased to take you through the options.

All the best


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