Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cord Blood Banking: Information and Thoughts #CordBlood411 #MC

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There is a lot to think about when welcoming a new little life into the world. I remember vaguely being informed about cord blood banking when expecting my older children, but it was so new it seemed really foreign to me and I didn’t really get it. What would I be storing these stem cells for? And where would they be stored? 20 years from now would I find out there was a little clone of my daughter my running around? I know that sounds crazy, but I really think there is a lot of truth to fearing the unknown – especially in my case with my crazy imagination. Years later, the issue of cord blood banking has been again presented to me, but now with more knowledge I find myself strongly considering it.

I’ve been doing a little research lately to better inform myself and was hoping to share with you all in hopes of maybe helping another mom-to-be make her own informed decision on whether to bank her babies cord blood, or not.

To bank or not to bank?
While more popular an option today then years ago, a vast majority of umbilical cords are still discarded at birth because parents may not know their value or are not fully aware of their options for preserving this medical resource. After reading up on some personal experience along with some information provided to me by the Cord Blood Registry - the world’s largest family cord blood bank, and the first and only newborn stem cell bank to pioneer FDA-regulated clinical trials with leading medical centers – I’ve compiled a list of information I found helpful in my own decision making process that I wanted to share.

What are stem cells used for?
As of today, cord blood stem cells have been used in more than 30,000 transplants to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems. In fact, over the last 20 years or so cord blood stem cells have helped replace a patients damaged blood and immune system and they help treat a number if diseases such as:
  • Cancers 
  • Immune Diseases 
  • Blood Disorders 
  • Metabolic Disorders 
Not only can your babies cord blood benefit them in a “what if” situation, but it could possibly benefit a sibling or other family member as well. Cord Blood Stem Cells are also being tested in the treatment of numerous other diseases and who know what the future holds for these potentially lifesaving cells.

What will the bank do with your babies cord blood stem cells?
This was actually a question that I wondered furiously about. I was surprised to find that you have a few options as to how and where your baby’s stem cells can be stored.
  • Family Banking allows your baby's stem cells to be saved exclusively for your family's use, for a fee. These cord blood stem cell are immediately made available to a family if the need arises.
  • Free Banking You may qualify for free banking through programs like CBR's Newborn Possibilities if your family may benefit from newborn stem cells now or in the near future. In this case Cord Blood Stem Cells are typically stored up to 5 years and no cost at which time a yearly fee will be imposed. Again these cells are for use for your baby and family only.
  • Public donation - If you’re on unsure if Cord Blood banking is for you, you can opt for public donation. If your hospital participates in this program a sample could be stored for use by a patient in need, used for research, or, if the sample is insufficient, discarded. In this case, the sample will not be stored exclusively for you, but can be used by anyone that is a match and is medically in need.
Let’s be honest for many of us cost IS a factor. Not that we want to put a price on something potentially lifesaving, especially for a child. But having a child is already an expensive time and some of us just might not have it to spend even if we want to. Family Cord Blood Banking does require and onetime payment and monthly storage fee, but what I didn’t know is that they offer reasonable payment plans -again, something for you and your family to look into if cost is a factor weighing on your decision.

There is so much information to be learned and I hope I was able to provide just a touch of insight on the topic. Honestly I too and still doing my homework, and what to provide the best start and life possiblt for all my kids including my newest little man. I hope that by visiting the Cord Blood Registery and really understanding all that cord blood banking is about we can all become better informed.

Have you bank your babies stem cells? I would love to hear your thoughts. I would love to hear them even if it's just something you've considered.


Rusthawk said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think this is amazing technology> Very informative article!

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

really nice post,,interesting an a lot of info I didn't know about,,I think for most ppl the biggest issue is cost,,it is very expensive,,an I think not affordable for most ppl,,it is a life saver for sure,but I think they need to come up with a more affordable option

Sandy Cain said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

When my baby was born, there was no such thing as cord blood banking. How I wish there was! She had medical issues that very likely cord blood could have helped, I urge everyone to take out loans, borrow from family/friends, request donations for this at baby showers and wedding presents - anything. What a sad thing it is to look back over the years and realize your child will always have difficulties because you didn't or couldn't bank the cord blood!

Marilyn said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I worked in surgery the majority of my life, and am thankful for all the advancement in medicine. I would have the coed blood banked if it was a possibility when my children were born. I had twins the were a little over three months premature and still have problems with their lungs, and will be needing heart lung transplants at some time in the near future, they are 28 now. With all the advances in medicine since their birth, they may not have had to suffer with their illnesses.

Most people don't know that the placentas were saved and given for research or to cosmetic companies. I feel anything that can help find cures for diseases or even grow new body parts if needed in the future is well worth the cost.

My Mom died from ovarian cancer six years ago. At the time we did not know that there was a test that cost $12.00 that would have diagnosed her at a early stage instead of stage 4 when it was to late. She was a person that went to the Dr. every week. There is no reason she had to die. I don't understand why these inexpensive tests aren't done at the time go a women's annual exam. Even with family history, had to demand that it be done for me. Some of my sisters couldn't get their Dr.s to run the test. It's sad that our insurance companies have taken the place of our physicians and make the decisions of what rests are done or not done.

As you can see I am very passionate about this!

Crystal Threeprncs said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Marilyn I appreciate your passion Marilyn. Like many have mentioned cost is a factor, but I have put aside a little savings plan for this. I'm glad I took the time to inform myself. You really just never know. I've already had some complication with this pregnancy arise. I feel like with all the advancements in medicine this is just something I really want to do for my baby and myself this time around.

Eileen McDonald said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Excellent information. Wish this was possible when I had children.

Sandra VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I understand this is expensive but so worth the peace of mind. Had they had when I had babies I would have done this for sure

Karen Glatt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think that this is such a good thing to do. Saving your babies stem cord cells for later use could really benefit the child at a later date. This is great technology for mothers to consider for her and her baby.

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