A couple of weeks ago Marcos came home talking to me about blood cord banking. He was so determined that it was something we HAVE to do for our next children. The truth is I did not know much about it with either of my last two pregnancies. Since this conversation we did what we always do- we dove in and researched it.
After an extensive, and I mean extensive amount of research, we came upon a conclusion- we will definitely be doing it for our future children. We ventured over to Cord Bank Registry’s website and had all our questions answered.
What Is Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking is the preservation of your baby’s umbilical cord blood. This blood is taken from your baby’s umbilical cord after it has been clamped and cut.
Why Is Cord Blood Important?
Your baby’s umbilical cord is made up of tissue and blood, both of which contain nutrient rich stem cells. Today, many conditions may be treatable with cord blood as a part of a stem cell transplant, including various cancers and blood,immune, and metabolic disorders.* There is still much research being conducted to find other diseases these stem cells could work to treat. Preserving your newborn’s stem cells may give your child or an immediate family member, depending on the condition and other factors, the opportunity to use this resource for current cord blood therapies. In the future there may be other potential applications in regenerative medicine.
Most recently, results from a CBR funded study in partnership with researchers at Sutter Medical Center were published. The study showed that the use of a child’s own cord blood was safe in children with autism. Although more research is needed to determine efficacy, it really is exciting to think about the possibilities! To learn more about the clinical trial click here or watch this video.
How to Get Set Up With The Cord Blood Registry?
It’s super easy! There are 5 simple steps:
1. Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 1-888-240-1996
2. CBR ships you a collection kit
3. Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day
4. Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional
5. Relax. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
The setup is easy as can be. Take the time to read through this and click on any of the links to get yourself more informed on cord blood banking. We have great thoughts on what is to come with cord blood banking and the promise it holds for our future children and family.