I am 5 months pregnant and you can imagine that, for the past months, I’ve been studying everything related to pregnancy and birth, and this is how I came across a lot of specialized courier ads saying they can take your baby’s cord blood to a blood bank safely. My first thoughts were “who on Earth would want that and why? Is this seen as a sort of a weird souvenir nowadays? Are we all going crazier and crazier?” So I started digging deeper to find out what this cord blood storage “trend” was all about.
My findings were actually quite intriguing, so I decided to share them with you. So, here we go.
Until recently, umbilical cords were thrown away after being cut. Once it was discovered that they contain stem cells which can treat numerous diseases (75 life threatening illnesses, to be more accurate), people started to think about storing them in case their children will need them in the future.
Stem cells are actually unspecialized cells, which have the potential to mature into any type of cell, such as bone marrow, blood or brain cells. This is why it is important in treating many medical conditions, as they can repair the damaged tissues affected. Because stem cells remain viable for a maximum of 40 hours after the umbilical cord is cut, they need to be transported by a specialized courier, in order to get them as fast as possible to the bank, while making sure they aren’t affected by extreme temperatures, which could damage the stem cells.
If you have any family member or relatives suffering from diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell disease or lymphoma, than banking your baby’s cord blood is highly recommended. Chris, my husband, actually had an uncle who suffered from leukemia and, unfortunately, died at a young age, and my family’s medical history is not all happy and shiny either; so, we decided we really should store our baby’s blood cord just in case, God forbid, something horrible happened. And I warmly recommend you to do the same.
Although your baby might not need it, it could still be helpful in case you plan on having more children. If you don’t have urgent needs for your money you could invest them instead in order to store cord blood in a private blood bank. You should think of it as insurance. Your child or children might not need it, but if you can afford it, it’s good to know you have it in case of an emergency. Just make sure you have it safely transported to the bank by a courier that really specializes in the transportation of cord blood.
If you know that there are some bad genes running through your family, you should make sure you store your baby cord blood, so that you can access it in case the unthinkable happens. Plan ahead and call a specialized courier, as he will transport the cord blood from the hospital to the blood bank in the safest conditions possible, ensuring that you can use it in case you have to treat future diseases in your family; even though I will be due in 3-4 months, I already made all the arrangements in this regard.
About the author:
This post was written by Beth Burton, from Toronto, Canada. Beth can’t say that she is a professional writer, but she likes to share her joys, fears and findings through social media and on blogs. Some of her friends knew little about umbilical cord blood banking, so she thought she’d share her thoughts on the topic!
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