We Banked Our Son’s Cord Blood With Cord Blood Registry®

by Dagmar Bleasdale on December 15, 2013

{I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Cord Blood Registry. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.}

Have you thought of banking your baby’s cord blood? Do you know much about it?

Sadly, the vast majority of umbilical cords are discarded at birth because parents may not know their value or may not be fully aware of their options for preserving this medical resource, a potential life-saving gift.

That is shocking to me, because I think this is one of the most important decisions you can make before your child’s birth, because you only have one chance to bank this precious blood.

Cord blood remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth and after the cord is cut. It is collected immediately after birth, painless and easy.

When I was pregnant 8 years ago, banking your baby’s cord blood was just starting to become an option.

Don and I debated the costs, but I remember the one thing that made me decide that I definitely wanted to bank his cord blood: the fact that it could not only potentially benefit him if he got seriously ill — it could also help his siblings or Don or me.

That’s what did it, and I never regretted banking L’s blood. In fact I just paid the yearly storage fee a few days ago.

With so many new medical advances and new treatment options being discovered every year, who know what will be possible with cord blood cells in the future.

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We banked with Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®), the world’s largest family umbilical cord blood and tissue bank.

Today, cord blood stem cells have been used in the treatment of more than 80 conditions, including cancers, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, and metabolic disorders.

It is so worth it to me to know that we have his cord blood cells as a backup option if one of us got seriously ill.

CBR is the first and only family newborn stem cell bank to help establish FDA-regulated clinical trials using cord blood stem cells in regenerative medicine.

They are currently a partner for several groundbreaking clinical trials investigating serious medical conditions, including:
• Autism: Sutter Neuroscience Institute
• Cerebral palsy: Georgia Regents University
• Pediatric stroke: Florida Hospital for Children
• Traumatic brain injury: University of Texas Health Science Center

So far, 250 families have benefited from having their baby’s cord blood banked. I hope we never have to use it, but it’s a relief to know it’s there.

One important thing I want you to know: if you can’t afford the costs of private banking, you could choose a public donation. It lets parents donate stem cells at no cost to possibly help someone in need. It doesn’t cost you anything to do that, so why not give the gift of this amazing cord blood to someone else?

While you may be able to access your donation if you need it, there is no guarantee that your donation will be available to you.

I hope this information makes your choice about cord blood banking a little easier.

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