What are cord blood and tissue?

What is cord blood?

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.


What is cord tissue?

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.


Why are stem cells powerful?

Stem cells are powerful because they have the ability to 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.

What is the 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 is processed and the baby’s stem cells are safely and securely stored for the future.


Umbilical cord stem cells are cryo-preserved and cannot be impacted in any way by COVID-19. Our storage system preserves cells in vapour-phase liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius – preventing any possible transfer of any contaminant.