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.
Cord Blood banking is becoming an increasingly popular option for parents these days. As a mom of one and a little one on the way, I have heard about the Cord Blood Registry, but have to admit that I wasn’t very familiar with it during my first pregnancy or this one. My doctors didn’t give me any information regarding the possible banking of my sons’ cord blood, so what I’ve learned I have gathered on my own.
The Cord Blood Registry is the first and only family newborn stem cell bank to help establish FDA-regulated clinical trials using cord blood stem cells. Headquartered in northern California, the registry is also the largest family umbilical cord blood bank in the world.
Four Facts About Cord Blood Registry
- The CBR is currently partnering with several universities to further clinical trials investigating conditions such as Autism, Pediatric Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Cerebral Palsy. Their hope is that using banked cord blood can help with these medical issues.
- CBR offers the collection, processing, and long-term cryopreservation of stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. If not banked, the blood is usually discarded with the placenta.
- Their Arizona storage facility is the world’s largest, and is strengthened by bullet resistant glass and has a floor load capacity that can hold 800,000 pounds. There is no worry that your baby’s cord blood is safe when banked by the CBR.
- CBR created the world’s only collection device designed specifically for cord blood stem cells. Their device is able to to capture 20% more of essential cells within the blood than other processing methods.
To Bank or Not to Bank Your Baby’s Cord Blood
It is important that more expecting parents become aware of the benefits of cord blood banking. It would be great for doctors and pediatricians to introduce the idea when women are just becoming pregnant. That gives ample time for the parents-to-be to decide whether banking is right for their family.
What should you consider when you are thinking about cord blood banking? First, your family history. Are there conditions currently being studied that run in your family? If so, your baby may benefit greatly from his/her cord blood once he/she has been welcomed into the world.
Also, you should research your options. Currently, most moms have the ability to store the cord blood stem cells in a family bank or donate them to a public bank. The family bank means you have exclusive use to the cord blood. Public donation involves donating the cord blood to possibly help others in need.
Finally, mention the idea of cord blood banking to your doctor. He/she should be able to give you more information or help you decide on the best option for your little one.