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Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program

Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking Program at Mount Sinai Hospital

representation image of a pregnant coupleWith over 20 years of experience, Insception Lifebank is Canada’s largest and most experienced cord blood and tissue bank. Today, parents of more than 150,000 babies have stored with the Insception Lifebank Group.

Insception is an independent, preferred vendor of the hospital. A portion of revenues generated from its Mount Sinai Hospital location is paid to the hospital and directed towards supporting clinical research, education, medical equipment and other investments in patient care.

Parents are welcome to choose any cord blood bank provider when delivering at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Request your free info pack here, or click here to enrol.

  • Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta
  • Cord blood is a rich source of blood stem cells and other important cells
  • Cord tissue is a segment of the baby’s umbilical cord
  • Cord tissue is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are the precursors to bone, cartilage, muscle and fat tissues
  • Stem cells are powerful because they could create and regenerate the organs, blood, tissue and the immune system that make up our bodies.
  • Stem cells can be found in bone marrow and fat tissue. However, younger, more flexible stem cells come from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood and tissue. As an important source of such potent stem cells, umbilical cord blood and tissue can be stored for potential future use.
  • Today, cord blood stem cells have been used in the treatment of over 80 life threatening diseases.1
  • There have been over 40,000 transplants2 worldwide using cord blood in place of bone marrow for conditions including: Solid tumors, cancers, genetic diseases, immune system deficiencies, blood disorders & leukemias.
  • Your baby’s cord blood stem cells are a perfect match for your child and have a greater potential to be a match for siblings compared to unrelated donors.

Scientific research is evaluating how cord blood cells may provide new therapies for a broad number of diseases for which there is no effective treatment today. While regenerative medicine has exciting potential, its prospects remain dependent on the success of ongoing research around the world.

Conditions with clinical trials ongoing:3

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Type-1 Diabetes
  • Stroke

Research suggests that cord tissue mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the ability to develop into structural and connective tissue. This important characteristic means that they could potentially be used to treat more conditions than cord blood alone can treat.4

Today, there are 70+ ongoing trials that are investigating the potential of MSCs to help treat a variety of medical conditions including:3

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Wound Repair

Storing cord tissue today may provide future health options for your child and your family.

banking process
  1. Enroll: Learn about your cord blood and tissue banking options and enroll online.
  2. Receive your kit: Receive your collection kit. Store at room temperature. Bring it with you to your birthing facility.
  3. Collection: After your baby is born, cord blood and tissue are collected by your OBGYN or midwife. Call Insception Lifebank within 2 hours of the birth for pick-up of stem cells.
  4. Processing & Storage: Insception Lifebank sends an SMS to confirm receipt of your sample. Cord blood and tissue are processed and the baby’s stem cells are safely and securely stored for the future.

Online Prenatal Classes

In partnership with Markham Prenatal. Expectant mothers have the opportunity to participate in a free 4-week prenatal class (live webinar) series that focuses on labour, birth, and the care of your baby. The instructors will be Registered Nurses at Markham Stouffville Hospital and other hospitals who will present unbiased and current information to help expectant mothers make informed decisions during childbirth.

Click here to learn more. 

Live Online Breastfeeding Classes

Tummy Talks, in partnership with Next Steps Breastfeeding Support, is offering FREE live online breastfeeding education sessions to expectant parents. The live webinar session, led by Joan (Certified Lactation Consultant), will provide you with invaluable tools to successfully breastfeed your baby.

Click here to learn more.

Live Cord Blood Webinars

Our Registered Nurses, and our Scientific Director, Sue Mueller, Ph.D., are hosting multiple live webinars.

During the sessions we will cover:

  • What is cord blood?
  • Why collect & store cord blood?
  • Why is cord blood being used in regenerative medicine?
  • What is umbilical cord tissue?
  • How much does it cost to store cord blood and tissue?

Click here to learn more. 

Cord Blood Podcast

The People, the Science and the Future Potential of Umbilical Cord Blood. This three-part series will help you understand why cord blood storage has become such a promising option. Through conversations with moms, clinical researchers, and obstetricians we explore the present and future of stem cell treatments and therapies. We even meet one young boy that is walking to school on his own, thanks to the choice his mother made.

Click here to listen.

Cord Blood Medical Need Program

Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program established this program to offer compassionate support to Canadian families with a child needing a stem cell transplant. This is the largest program of its kind in Canada, with more than 500 participants who have benefited from free cord blood processing, and storage of the cord blood unit until the child’s 18th birthday.

Approval is on a case-by-case basis on the recommendation of the treating Oncologist or Haematologist with the condition that the cord blood unit might be required for transplant within the first year of storage. 

Cerebral Palsy Sibling Collection Program

The Cerebral Palsy Sibling Cord Blood Collection program offers free cord blood collection and storage for newborn babies who have a sibling with cerebral palsy. The program aims to ensure children with cerebral palsy and their families have potential access to local and international clinical trials.

References

  1. Matsumoto M.M. and Matthews K.R. A Need for Renewed and Cohesive US Policy on Cord Blood Banking. Stem Cell Rev. 2015 Dec;11(6):789-97. doi: 10.1007/s12015-015-9613-9.
  2. Ballen K. Update on umbilical cord blood transplantation [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. F1000Research 2017, 6(F1000 Faculty Rev):1556 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11952.1)
  3. https://clinicaltrials.gov/
  4. Omar et al, Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells: The New Gold Standard for Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Based Therapies? Tissue Eng Part B Rev. April 2014 (Epub ahead of print

Contact

Insception Lifebank

Telephone: 416-586-4800 ext. 4251
Toll Free: +1-866-606-2790
Website: www.insception.com

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