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We recognize that choosing to bank your baby's cord blood is a significant decision, and we are here to support you throughout this incredible journey.
At Anja Health, we provide exceptional value with our $100,000 quality guarantee, and in the unfortunate event that your cord blood fails to engraft, we offer a full refund of the services paid to Anja, giving you the utmost assurance. Our approach to stem cell banking is centered on comprehensive care, offering you a reassuring beacon amidst life's twists and turns.
Engraftment is defined as achieving a peripheral blood absolute neutrophil count of 500 per microliter for three consecutive measurements, with the first occurring within 100 days of transplantation. The engraftment must originate from the donor.
Anja Health's Cord Blood Banking Quality Guarantee provides coverage of up to $100,000 in the event that your banked cord blood stem cells fail to engraft during a qualified transplant.
Anja Health's Cord Blood Banking Quality Guarantee is governed by applicable laws and regulations. By using our services and accepting the guarantee, you agree to adhere to the terms and conditions as outlined in our service agreement. Anja Health reserves the right to update its guarantee terms in accordance with changes in the industry and regulatory requirements.
For any questions or further clarification regarding Anja Health's Cord Blood Banking Quality Guarantee, please do not hesitate to contact an Anja specialist. 💙
When you want to use your baby's stored stem cells for a specific treatment, the identification process involves matching the characteristics of the stored stem cells with the requirements of the treatment. This typically includes factors such as the type of stem cells needed, tissue compatibility, and other relevant medical criteria.
Firstly, your healthcare provider will assess the medical condition and treatment requirements. They will then work with their laboratory to identify the most suitable stem cell sample from your baby's stored collection.
Their laboratory will perform tests to determine the compatibility between the stored stem cells and the treatment needs. These tests can include HLA typing, which analyzes human leukocyte antigens, and other matching criteria specific to the treatment.
By comparing the characteristics of your baby's stem cells with the treatment requirements, they can identify the best match for successful transplantation or therapy.
Rest assured that at Anja, we prioritize the accurate identification and matching of stem cells to ensure their optimal use for potential treatments. Our stringent protocols and quality assurance measures are designed to maintain the integrity and traceability of your baby's stem cell sample throughout the identification and utilization process.
You'll have a total of 20 years of storage for your child's precious stem cells, and then are able to renew for an additional 20 years.
We do this to give families peace of mind and ample time to assess their needs and make an informed decision, especially since their child will be 20 years old and circumstances may change.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are the subject of multiple - and growing - clinical research studies. They are focused on utilizing MSCs for the treatment of severe wounds and physical trauma, stroke, spinal cord injuries, liver disease, Autism, lung disease, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
To learn more in-depth, check out our blog post Blood vs. Tissue vs. Placenta | Why Bank and What's The Difference?
Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HSCs), found in the umbilical cord blood, treatments are standard-of-care for multiple sclerosis treatments, and it has additionally been successfully used to treat cancers like leukemia and metabolic, immune, and blood disorders, such as Krabbe Disease and Sickle Cell Disease.
Over 1300 clinical trials are currently being conducted to examine how it can treat neurological conditions as well - including cerebral palsy and Autism.
To learn more in-depth about hematopoietic stem cells, check out our post: Advancements & Research: Stem Cell Transplant for Leukemia and What are CD34 Cells in Cord Blood?
There is no easy yes or no answer to this question. There are multiple factors that play a part in finding a stem cell match from a public bank.
From our friends at Be the Match, "Research has found that a donor must match a minimum of 6 HLA markers. Many times a closer match is required. The best match is found through detailed testing. Because some HLA types are more common than others, some patients may face a greater challenge in finding a matching donor. Some HLA types are found more often in certain racial and ethnic groups.
"A close match between a donor’s and a patient’s HLA markers is essential for a successful transplant outcome. HLA matching promotes the growth and development of new healthy blood cells (called engraftment) and reduces the risk of a post-transplant complication called graft-versus-host (GVHD) disease."
Your odds of finding a donor match based on ethnic background are as follows:
After birth, you have access to a portal where you can view your stem cell certificate and contact us in case you ever want to retrieve your stem cells.
You would need to have a physician ready to receive the stem cells for treatment (generally for an FDA-approved or clinical trial use case). An Anja specialist will work with you to get the stem cells to your designated physician shortly after you contact us.
Something to note, there is no retrieval fee associated with this request, only a shipping fee. This fee may vary depending on the location of our New Jersey lab. We will communicate this with you before it is complete so you are aware of your options.
We understand that interpreting the data can be a bit overwhelming, but don't worry, we're here to guide you through it.
Understanding these numbers is crucial when evaluating the potential effectiveness of your baby's cord blood collection. Let's dive in:
It's important to note that Total CD34+ and TNC measurements have several variables and aren't considered definitive indicators of processing success. Additionally, if we receive pre-processed units below 20 mL we are unable to proceed with processing. Don't worry though, we'll reach out to you within 24-48 hours upon receiving the unit to inform you and make any necessary adjustments to your plan.
Learn more about CD34 stem/progenitor cells here.
Your entire family can potentially benefit from your baby's cord blood!
The utilization of your newborn's stem cells within the family can vary depending on several factors, including:
Saving your newborn's stem cells with Anja Health ensures that your baby's stem cells will be available to your family if you ever need them in the future. Families choose Anja, a private bank because there are significant benefits to using your own stem cells or stem cells from a family member if ever needed. Here are some key considerations:
Your child will always be a perfect match for their own stem cells and could use them for a growing number of diseases. However, it's important to note that they may not be generally applicable to inherited genetic conditions. In such cases, a matched sibling's stem cells offer the best choice.