I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.
When I became pregnant for the first time a little over 6 years ago, Cord Blood Banking was new and the information was pretty limited on it. I was given a small pamphlet, that I quickly tossed aside along with the rest of the hundred pamphlets I received at my first Doctor’s appointment. By the time I had my second child in 2011, there was a ton more information, but being the optimist I am, I felt I would never need it. Nothing would ever happen to my child! However, as the years progress, I sadly see more and more stories coming to light where cord blood banking has helped save another life and quite frankly, I regret not taking a closer look at the pamphlet.
Cord Blood Registry has been the leader of new born stem cell collection & cyropreservation for over 20 years now. What exactly that means can be a little confusing to most people (including myself).
When your baby is born, the blood in your newborn’s umbilical cord contains powerful stem cells. Stem Cells create our organs and are the building blocks of our bodies. Besides your baby’s umbilical cord blood, it can be found in places like bone marrow and fat tissue, but the cord blood is the easiest to collect.
- The blood is completely unique to your baby.
- It’s used to treat life threatening conditions like leukemia, anemia, some cancers and potentially one day maybe even autism. Currently, Cord Blood is being used to treat more than 80 diseases and new uses are being brought to light every day.
- These stem cells know how to seek out injured cells and repair them.
Unfortunately, I missed out on my chance to bank my son & daughter’s cord blood, as the only chance to do so is immediately after birth after the cord has been clamped. If you choose to do nothing with them, your baby’s cord blood is discarded along with the placenta.
Cord Blood Registry is currently the largest and most experienced cord blood collectors in the world and is the #1 recommended choice by OB/GYNs. If your family has a history of illness and you are pregnant, you may want to really consider your cord blood banking options. What I didn’t know about doing so is that you can opt to do Family Banking which is solely for your family’s use, in which an fees will apply or you can opt to donate your stem cells to someone who needs it for free. Of course, as you are embarking on this new chapter in your life and are worrying about the upcoming costs, this too can be scary and stressful. I would talk to your doctor to find out more to answer questions you might have and to Cord Blood Registry about their payment plans and option payment options.
As you begin to plan your baby registry and what important baby care items you will need, you may want to highly consider a CBR Gift Registry.