Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Insception Lifebank. As always, opinions are all my own.
Are you expecting or planning to expand your family in the near future? Well, if so I’m glad you’re here as I have some important information I’d like to share. Something that I wish I had known about years ago and had actively participated. Cord blood banking. I’ve been doing a lot of research and fact-finding to be able to share with you, and I’m here to advise that you should be considering cord blood banking if you are looking to expand your family. Cord blood banking. Have you heard of it? I’ll be honest and say up until 2011 when I was expecting Jackson, I wasn’t too sure what it was and I didn’t look into it until then. Big mistake. It’s essential to get informed when you are pregnant (or expecting soon), as it’s an important decision that may provide your family with potential medical treatment options should your child or their siblings become seriously ill. It’s an invaluable investment, to say the least.
What do you need to know? Cord blood contains stem cells. These stem cells can be used now for medical treatments in place of bone marrow for transplants and research is investigating potential future uses of cord blood and tissue. Did you also know that your child’s stem cells are a perfect match for your own child and may, in fact, be a match for siblings as well? It’s easy to collect and has 10 times more stem cells than those collected from bone marrow. This quick process is also completely painless for mama and baby. The doctor clamps the umbilical cord in two places, a few inches apart, and cuts the cord, separating the mom from the baby. Then the doctor will insert a needle and collects the blood from the cord. The blood is sealed in a bag and sent to a cord blood bank for testing and storage. Simple, no pain or discomfort and potentially providing a treatment option for your child and/or siblings.
Here are the facts:
What is Cord Blood?
Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta. Cord blood is a rich source of blood stem cells and other important cells.
Why is Cord Blood Banking Important?
Stem cells are powerful. They have the ability to create and regenerate the organs, blood, tissue and the immune system that make up our bodies.
Stem cells can be found in bone marrow and fat tissue. However, younger, more flexible stem cells come from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood and tissue. As an important source of such potent stem cells, umbilical cord blood and tissue can be stored for potential future use.
There have been more than 40,000 transplants worldwide using cord blood in place of bone marrow and cord blood stems cells have been used in treatment for over 80 life-threatening diseases.
Cord blood stem cells have saved lives.
What Can Cord Blood Treat Today?
- Solid tumors
- Immune deficiencies
- Blood disorders & leukemias
- Genetic diseases
What are some emerging treatments where cord blood may be used?
Scientific research is evaluating how cord blood cells may provide new therapies for a broad number of diseases for which there is no effective treatment today. Conditions being researched include cerebral palsy, Type 1 diabetes, and autism.
Insception Lifebank is Canada’s largest and most experienced cord blood and tissue bank. With over 20 years of experience, they have processed and stored over 75,000 cord blood units. Insception Lifebank works with more obstetricians than any other cord blood banks and their services are available at ALL Canadian hospitals and home births with worry-free bedside pickup.
I know it’s a lot to take in but it’s something to consider if you are expecting or planning to expand your family in the near future. The sad fact is that most parents go through pregnancy and birth without even being aware that cord blood banking is an option for them. Umbilical cord blood banking is becoming more talked about. You owe it to yourself and your family to do your research and decide if cord blood banking is right for your family. You just never know when you may need it and you should consider this as an option for your birthing plan.
You can request a free information kit from Insception Lifebank.