When parents receive the thrilling news that they are expecting, many believe that their most difficult decisions will be what color to paint the nursery, whether to breast or bottle feed, to co-sleep or not to co-sleep, how to punish or not to punish the child, the list goes on and on.
While some do think about some of the health-related issues that may arise, yet, if you are like me, I tend to push such thoughts away thinking "oh, that will never happen to my child!". Of course, I wouldn't want to worry constantly throughout the course of my children's life that they could suffer from a life-threatening disease, but what if there was a way to ease that fear? luckily, there is.
With child #3 on the way, I have given more thought about cord blood banking...an idea I had been first exposed to shortly before the birth of my second child.
A Little Cord Blood Banking History
The first cord blood stem cell transplant was performed in 1988 to a 5 year old boy, Matthew Farrow, with a very rare genetic disorder called Fanconi’s anemia. He was cured of the disease because of his baby sister's umbilical cord blood. A couple years later, the first cord blood bank was established in New York. Matthew is now a husband, father, as well as a patient advocate and spokesperson for cord blood banking.
"Since that first transplant, cord blood stem cell transplants have been used to treat atleast 80 different diseases,1 including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, in more than 30,000 patients worldwide." - LifeBankUSA Guidebook
Why Bank Cord Blood?
In today's world, it seems like diseases and cancers are more prevalent than before. In fact, not a day goes by that I do not see another fundraiser for or another parent is asking for prayers and thoughts for their child or that of a loved one. According to Curesearch.org, 43 children are being diagnosed with some form of cancer -EVERY DAY and the number of cases has not declined in the past 2 decades.
“Six weeks after our son was born, he was diagnosed with leukemia. We were told there was a 50/50 chance of survival,” his mother, Maura, said. “When we told our oncologist we had banked our daughter’s cord blood with LifebankUSA, his face lit up. We’d had no family history or specific reason to bank the cord blood. We just did it. It saved our son’s life-and ours, really. Unless anyone has been through what we’ve been through, you cannot understand the unbelievable impact this has had on our lives.” – Maura, LifebankUSA client, NJ
By choosing to preserve your baby's stem-cell rich cord and placenta blood and tissue after birth, you can ensure that your family's future is protected through cord blood banking. Stem cell-rich blood from the umbilical cord and placenta have been proven effective in replacement abnormal or diseased cells, and treating life-threatening blood disorders.
“For cancer patients, stem cells are used to help restore the immune system. They fight the disease and also replace normal blood cells killed by heavy doses of chemotherapy. For patients with weakened immune systems, healthy cord blood helps create the infection-fighting cells they lack.” – Dr. Bernadine Healy CBS This Morning
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In addition to cord blood banking, Lifebank USA also provides advanced biobanking, combining the collection of cord blood and placental blood. Collection of placental blood is crucial because it contains many progenitor stem cells that play a vital role in tissue regeneration.
Advanced biobanking is important for two reasons:
1) Transplanting more cells increases chance of transplant success & survival
2) Collecting from both and having a larger variety of cells available may not only help your baby, but other members outside of your immediate family.
Lifebank USA is the only bank that offers this patented life-saving service. You can learn more about it here and in this short video featuring Dr. Robert Hariri
Choosing LifeBank USA As A Baby Shower Gift
If you already have all of the "essentials" for your baby, why not ask for the best gift that your family can receive by having your family donate towards a truly priceless and special once-in-lifetime gift?
LifeBankUSA will provide you with your registry packet and baby shower cards.
You can also refer friends and family to LifeBankUSA and recieve a free years worth of stem cell storage for each person referred with their Pass it On Program. I have already told other expectant mothers and to couples trying to conceive about it and requested a gift registry packet.
To enroll with LifebankUSA, and request your Gift Registry packet, please call 1-877-LIFEBANKUSA or click here.
To find out more about cord blood banking and to request your free cord banking guidebook, go to lifebankusa.com.
LifeBankUSA - Placenta & Cord Blood Banking
Umbilical Cord Blood: Information for Childbirth Educators, National Center for Biotechnology Information
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