What Is the Placenta?
The placenta is an organ that connects the baby to the uterus via the umbilical cord and exchanges vital nutrients via the mother's blood supply. While the cord blood in the placenta contains the same kind of stem cells that are found in cord blood in the umbilical cord because of this connection, the placenta tissue contains a different kind of stem cells. The physical tissue of the placenta contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). While MSCs are not currently being used for medical therapies, they are the subject of over 200 clinical trials. Research has indicated that MSCs hold the promise of being able to someday treat debilitating conditions such as heart disease, type 1 diabetes, lung cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and injuries to bones and cartilage. Parents-to-be who want to expand their baby’s options for future medical treatment should consider banking stem cells from their baby’s placenta tissue.
Americord offers the ability to preserve stem cells from three sources: the blood from a newborn’s umbilical cord, from the cord tissue, or from placenta tissue. Later this year we will have a fourth opportunity with our proprietary CordAdvantage product, which extracts stem cells from the cord blood found in the placenta. In all cases, stem cells can only be collected immediately following your baby’s birth; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Stem cells from placenta tissue could end up saving the life of a member of your family one day. Preserving these genetically unique materials is a cutting edge way to open up opportunities for better health for your children and your family.
Americord’s payment plans make placenta tissue banking budget-friendly, and our prices are significantly more affordable than our competitors’ prices. Even though Americord's prices are lower, our quality standards meet or exceed those of our competitors. Also, Americord is a family bank – when you choose Americord, your baby’s stem cells are preserved exclusively for your use. At Americord, we believe that everyone should have access to the medical treatment options available with stem cells today as well as the new medical treatment options that stem cell researchers are pursuing. Banking stem cells from placenta tissue has never been so easy and affordable, and it could one day cure an ill family member. When you take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve stem cells from placenta tissue, you can rest assured that you are taking a proactive approach to protecting your family’s future health. Americord is always there for you when you need us, and there’s never a better time to start planning for the future and safeguarding your children.