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.
As I’ve mentioned here on the blog before, When I was pregnant with E, my OB sent me home with a bag full of brochures, parenting magazines and other information. While sifting through the pile of brochures, I came across some information regarding cord blood banking. At the time, I had never heard of cord blood banking it and and sort of just scanned the brochure. When I brought it up to my OB, She brushed off the subject and told me that I wouldn’t be able to bank cord blood at the hospital. End of story.
After E was born, I kept hearing more and more about banking cord blood and I hate to admit it, I never felt fully informed about cord blood banking. I feel that parents aren’t given enough information on this topic when they are about to have a child. There is so much more information I wish I had known.
When I was offered the opportunity to attend the Cord Blood Registry event in NYC a few weeks ago, I jumped at the opportunity! I had been doing my research about cord blood banking in case we decided to have another child but I knew there was a lot more for me to learn!
At the event, we met Shelley Connlley whose daughter Peyton was able to use her banked cord blood as part of an experimental treatment. Before Peyton’s first birthday, doctors discovered that she had a cancerous tumor surrounded by a benign tumor. Shortly after the tumor was removed, Peyton suffered a massive stoke. After the stroke, she couldn’t move and could barely move her head. Luckily, Shelley’s father-in-law had offered to bank Peyton’s cord blood with CBR and after intense physical therapy, She received a reinfusion of cord blood stem cells. Shortly after, she regained verbal skills and is doing great today! Check out the video that features Peyton’s story and how she is doing now on the Cord Blood Registry website!
Meeting Shelley and hearing her Peyton’s story really gave a face to cord blood banking. Just hearing about the Connelly family’s experience sealed the deal for me, I will be banking my baby’s blood if we decide to have a second child!
Here are 5 facts about cord blood banking that I think every expectant parent should know:
- CBR is the first bank to offer U.S. families the opportunity to save a segment of their babies’ umbilical cords. The primary cells in cord tissue are different from the primary cells found in cord blood and may help repair the body in different ways. Saving both sources of stems cells may offer even more access to medicine in the future.
- Cord blood stem cells have been used in the treatment of more than 80 conditions, including certain cancers, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, and metabolic disorders.
- Any family member who is a suitable match may be able to use your baby’s cord blood stem cells for transplant medicine.
- There are two options to save your baby’s cord blood: Family banking and the Newborn Possibilities Program® that CBR offers. Family banking is when your baby’s cord blood is stored for a fee for exclusive use by your family. The Newborn Possibilities Program® is where CBR offers cord blood and cord tissue collection, processing and storage at no cost for five years when a family member has been diagnosed with a condition that can be treated with stem cells.
- The Cord Blood Registry offers multiple payment options. You could be paying as little as $55 a month for 48 months to bank your child’s cord blood. I spend more than that in just coffee a month! Cord Blood Banking isn’t cheap but is it worth it? I say yes!
For more information on cord blood banking, please visit the Cord Blood Registry‘s website.
Have you banked your baby’s cord blood or are you currently considering it?