- What is placenta ?
Placenta is unique organ which is created from maternal and fetal cells. It begins when chorion (outer layer of embryo) gets in contact with decidua (epithelial layer of uterus). After that it grows and serves as a link between mother and fetus. It’s main function is to pass all what is needed for baby (oxygen, nutrition, antibodies) and removes what is not needed (CO2, waste). It’s uniqness is based on the fact that it is effective and necessary only for featus – once baby is born , placenta is no longer needed and it is expelled right after baby.
- Why banking placenta ?
Placenta is rich in MSC’s which are multipotent stem cells. They are similar to those SC which can be obtained during from the cord tissue. MSCs are growing in terms of SC research and it is believed that in the future they will be be used to treat various diseases. Currently they are tested in clinical trials in areas such as neurology, orthopedics and many others. MSCs are different cells than SC which are found in cord blood.
- How to bank placenta ?
Expelled placenta is collected to the special container and shipped to Biocell lab. No special training of doctor nor midwife is needed.