Thursday, October 15, 2015

Protect Your Family's Future With Cord Blood Banking

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 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, 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

Photo courtesy of LifeBank USA
Advanced Biobanking

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

Sources :

LifeBankUSA - Placenta & Cord Blood Banking

Umbilical Cord Blood: Information for Childbirth Educators, National Center for Biotechnology Information

Disclosure : This is a paid post, however, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own and I only promote products or services that I use personally and/or may benefit my audience. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising.


  1. I've never heard of cord blood banking before, but it sounds like a great idea in order to replace abnormal or diseased cells or treat life-threatening blood disorders.

  2. That is so amazing how Matthew's baby sister's umbilical cord blood got rid of his disease!

  3. Definitely learnt something new! Very interesting!!

  4. Very interesting and fascinating. Never heard about this before, this would be great for those who have a family history of life threatening diseases. It does sound costly though.

  5. Oh wow I have heard of this concept before and I think it's already available to a number of hospitals locally. This can definitely be a great help in the future.

  6. I heard of this when my grandkids were born. My daughter contemplated it, but it was so expensive at the time (several years ago). Hopefully, the price has come down, because this could be a great help.

  7. Yes, I love this idea! We didn't do it with our three kids, but it was relatively unheard of then. I think it's such a wonderful idea though. There are so many possibilities for treatment and cures when you've got cord blood saved!

  8. I must have been living under a rock my whole life because I've never heard of cord blood banking. I wish someone would have told me about it when my son was born. I would have totally done it! I will be sure and pass the info. Great idea giving to someone as a baby shower gift!

  9. My husband and I have never had to look into anything like this because kids were never an option. However, it is good to know about just in case things change.

  10. I've heard some great things about banking cord blood. I will definitely be considering this if we have any more children. Sounds like a great idea!

  11. Thank you for sharing this post. I am actually very curious about this and have not heard about it before. Now I am armed with the information you provided on Cord Banking :).

  12. This is definitely something that every family should look into doing. It is so important to have this conversation ahead of time (and include your baby doc) so that you can make the best choice for your family.

  13. This is definitely something I'll be doing in the future for my family! It's amazing how many people are opposed to it!

  14. This is an opinion every parent should think about doing for their children. I love the idea of giving this as a gift to a new mother for her child. Thanks for spreading the word.

  15. I've seen it been offered but never actually heard of a story. In my opinion, it could be lifesaving for another person. I'm all over it!

  16. I love that this is around for families that have needed it! What an amazing way to save a life.

  17. I have heard a bit about this but really didn't understand the concept! Thank you for sharing the history and the information, this was a very informative post and now I have a much better understanding!

  18. I have heard a lot about cord blood banking and how it can save lives in the future. Now I know much more about it.

  19. I was talking with my sister in law about this very thing. Thanks for answering some of the questions we had!

    1. No problem! I didn't know much about it when I had my first two children. With all of the health issues that both my husband and I's families have and had, we have been giving cord & placenta blood banking a second thought.


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