The umbilical cord is the connecting cord from the developing fetus to the placenta which allows blood to carry oxygen and nutrition to the baby in the womb. After the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is cut and normally discarded with the placenta as medical waste until researchers became aware of its medical potential.
Other than containing cord blood, umbilical cord is composed of Wharton’s jelly, umbilical arteries and an umbilical vein. These components are protected by a sheet-like membrane known as Cord Tissue. While Wharton’s jelly contains one type of stem cells - mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), Cord Tissue contains two important types of stem cells including MSCs and epithelial stem cells (EpSCs).
By storing a combination of HSCs, MSCs and EpSCs, you are availing your child the access to growing applications of stem cells and the therapeutic potential that they hold. These cells, only available at birth only, are the youngest and most potent cells obtainable ethically.