Banking Your Baby’s Cord Blood – A Life Saving Investment

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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.

Did you know that the same umbilical cord that supplies baby with oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood allowing them to grow and thrive while in the womb could potentially save their life after they’ve been born?  Inside the umbilical cord there are cord blood stem cells which have been used in the treatment of more than 80 conditions including certain cancers, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, and metabolic disorders.  Plus they are also currently being evaluated in FDA-regulated clinical trials for their potential regenerative ability in common health issues including autism, cerebral palsy, pediatric stroke and traumatic brain injury.  Yet every day umbilical cords are routinely discarded along with the placenta as medical waste.  In fact, less than ten percent of parents choose to bank their child’s cord blood today which could be due to not knowing the value or perhaps not being aware of their options for preserving such a precious medical resource.  I hate to admit that I am one of those parents.  I just simply did not know.  That is why I want to share what I have learned with you.  So you can make an informed decision on whether cord blood banking is the right choice for your family.

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 What is Cord Blood?

First it is important to understand the definition of stem cells and more specifically cord blood stem cells.  Stem cells are considered master cells because they have the ability to create the different types of cells that make up our organs, blood, tissue, and immune system.  These stem cells can be found in bone marrow and fat tissue, but the stem cells found in a newborn’s umbilical cord blood and tissue are much more flexible and therefore have many more advantages over other sources of stem cells.  Cord blood stem cells are unique – your baby will be a perfect match for their own stem cells and there is a 25% chance they will also be a match for a sibling.  Cord blood stem cells are powerful – treating many life-threatening diseases, including anemia, leukemia and certain other cancers, primarily for a family member or genetic match. They have also shown the potential to heal serious conditions like brain damage for the child’s own use.  Cord blood stem cells are smart because they “know” how to find injured cells and tissue in the body and initiate a healing process.

To bank or not to bank?

Consider the future.  The clinical use of stem cells has grown each year and since research suggests cord blood stem cells have advantages over other stem cell sources in regenerative therapies this drastically increases the likelihood that you or a member of your family could benefit from the newborn stem cells you bank.  Many believe that regenerative medicine, a new approach to treatment focused on promoting normal function in the human body through cell based therapies in which stem cells play a vital role, will revolutionize healthcare.

Know your family history.  Does your family have a history of illnesses for which newborn stem cells are currently being used or studied?  If those illnesses run in your family banking your child’s cord blood would be an excellent idea.  But the uses that are being studied now such as traumatic brain injury make cord blood banking a good idea regardless because that can happen to anyone.

Know your options.  There are two types of banking – family and public.  Public donation lets parents donate stem cells at no cost to possibly help someone in need.  There is a chance you may be able to access your donation if need be, but there is no guarantee that your donation will be available to you.   On the other hand family banking is cord blood stem cell storage for the family’s exclusive use.  Family banking typically includes a one-time processing fee and annual storage fees but gives parents access to these stem cells if needed.  I will be the first to admit that cord blood banking can be pricey and that can definitely sway a parent’s decision.  Babies are expensive in the first place so the added expense of banking may seem a little daunting.  The good news is if you choose to bank your baby’s cord blood with Cord Blood Registry you have payment options.  You can pay the one-time processing fee in a single payment or choose from a 12 or 48 month financing plan.  There are also discounts for families with multiple births and returning families. Breaking that daunting price into small monthly payments most likely makes banking much more appealing to many families – I know it does for me.  Also there is the possibility of free family banking through Cord Blood Registry’s Newborn Possibilities Program® for families with a medical need.

Why should you choose Cord Blood Registry?

There are a few different cord blood banks to choose from, but Cord Blood Registry definitely stands apart from it’s competitors in more ways than one.

Collection.  Cord Blood Registry created the world’s only collection device designed specifically for cord blood stem cells giving them the highest average published cell recovery rate in the industry at 99%.  This allows them to capture 20% more of the most important cells than other common processing methods.  If you are paying a rather hefty fee to preserve these precious cells don’t you want to save every single last one you can?  I know I do.

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Transportation.  Cord Blood Registry transports in a crush-resistant, temperature-protected, and electronically tracked collection kit. This unique kit contains everything the healthcare provider needs to collect cord blood and is designed to preserve the integrity and safe delivery of the collection.  This kit is then delivered by Quick International, a private medical courier service with 30 years of experience in the transportation of cord blood, tissue, organs, and the U.S. blood inventory.  On average, the transport time for cord blood stem cells from the delivering hospital to Cord Blood Registry’s lab is less than one day – 19 hours.

Storage.  Cord Blood Registry is the largest newborn stem cell bank in the world. They have invested millions of dollars to help ensure the safety of its clients’ stem cells. This secure facility is strengthened by bullet resistant glass and has a floor load capacity that can hold 800,000 pounds (16x the standard requirements), a back-up liquid nitrogen tank the size of a 747 jet, one of the largest backup generators available, and temperature monitoring every 1.6 seconds.  Plus the facility is located in Tucson, Arizona which has a low risk of natural disasters.  Simply put when choosing to store your baby’s cord blood at Cord Blood Registry you can rest assured it is in good hands.

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Price.  Cord Blood Registry’s one time processing fee is considerably lower than it’s two competitors for cord blood only banking as well as cord blood and cord tissue banking.

Now that you have a bit more information I urge you to highly consider banking your little one’s cord blood.  It could save their life or a family members life.  And if I haven’t convinced you perhaps watching videos of actual Cord Blood Registry clients will…. grab some tissues first.

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.

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One Response to Banking Your Baby’s Cord Blood – A Life Saving Investment

  1. Banking cord blood wasn’t really talked about until after I’d had a kid or two at least, but I never really looked into it because I was worried about the cost. SO much more info has been given all these years later, though, and if we were to have another baby I’d totally be checking into it.
    Thanks for this info!!

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