Few decisions in life are as important — or as personal — as those you will make about having a child or keeping it healthy in the years ahead. So we’d like to share some personal reflections by Maze Cord Blood’s founder, Dr. Michael Werner.

“My older brother, Howie, died at the age of 2 from a rare blood disorder- a disease that we might have been able to treat with the stem cells from cord blood today. Howie’s death impacted my entire family immeasurably. It is one of the main reasons I chose to pursue medicine. And it certainly taught me to care personally about family — not just my family, but all families.

“We don’t always know why we choose a path. But, looking back, I can see that my decision to specialize in fertility and sexual health (at a time when few doctors did) was an expression of my love for family. And when you love something deeply, you pour your soul into it. So when I opened my practice in 1994, it had a state-of-the-art laboratory in house. Because I would want that level of care for my family.

“I also started a cryobank for sperm, offering patients with uncertain future sperm production options to have children someday. So, when cord-blood banking matured as a science, it was a logical extension of the services I already provided to families. Umbilical cord blood doesn’t just nourish a baby in utero, it can protect that child after birth, too.

“Given the enormous potential of cord blood and cord tissue, my path was clear. In 2004, I decided to make the highest quality cord-blood banking affordable to as many parents as possible. As a scientist and as a proud parent of four sons (Matt, Adam, Zack & Evan), it just feels right. I welcome your questions, your comments and hopefully, your decision to become part of the Maze family.

Our Team

Dr. Werner and the entire Maze team are committed to secure, hassle-free and affordable banking. Meet our team. Learn More

Maze Guarantee

If your child’s cord blood is used in a stem cell transplant and fails to engraft, Maze will pay up to $50,000 to defray the cost of procurement of an alternative stem cell source if medically indicated. Learn More


We understand; new parents face so many first-time experiences and choices. We hope to make the decision to bank cord blood easier by answering your questions. Learn More

Cord Blood Blog

As the cord blood industry continually evolves, we do our best to bring you the latest news, updates and insights on cord blood and cord tissue as well as pregnancy, childbirth and pediatric health. Learn More.

Customer Baby Board

Each new Maze customers becomes a member of our extended family. So we love to see and share in the excitement of each new birth and birthday. Meet some of “our babies”.  More


Our goal is to give your family the very best care. Maze and our processing partner, Cord Blood Services (CBS) have all the appropriate credentials and accreditations to ensure your child’s cord and tissue blood are treated with the care you want for your child. Learn More

Additional Resources

The decision to bank is a significant one so we’ve provided links to additional medical and scientific sources for your convenience here. But please let us know if we can answer any of your remaining questions either by phone or through our chat feature. Learn More