What to Do with your Baby’s Cord Blood #CordBlood411 #MC

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.

Cord Blood Registry

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

Cord Blood BoxIt 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.

Have you ever banked or donated your baby’s cord blood? Have you considered it for future children?

Comments

  1. says

    I didn’t have the option to bank my children’s cord blood when they born, or at least I didn’t know anything about the service at the time. As my youngest is 13, I’m not even sure it was popular then. It does sound like many babies and children can benefit from their parent’s wise decision to bank it though!

  2. says

    I have heard that it’s a good thing to do but I have never done it nor do I know anyone who has. I had to do some research on it when I had my second baby because the Dr. I had gave me a pamphlet on it my first doc never mentioned the option.

  3. says

    I had the option, but it wasn’t something that was widely discussed when I was pregnant. I wish I had researched it even more and I probably would have (at the very least) donated my son’s cord blood.

  4. says

    I don’t have kids so I have no experience with this myself but I do know a few people who have banked their child’s cord blood. I love that it gives them a peace of mind should they need it down the road!

  5. says

    I have never banked the cord blood but I definitely considered it when I had my first. The cost was just way too high for us, but there are definitely benefits.

  6. says

    Thanks for sharing this great information! I wanted to bank it with my twins, but my OB said it usually can’t be done with twins.

  7. says

    no- the option wasn’t available to us- we wanted to donate to help others. i was kind of sad about that, but we’re in ct and there weren’t other options.

  8. Ashley M says

    Unfortunately we couldn’t afford it with our first child but it’s something we will look into when/if the time comes for a second.

  9. says

    I wish this was available when I was pregnant. It was just starting to be talked about and was still very expensive, and no insurance covered the cost. So many benefits are being found every day. I would encourage anyone who is pregnant to take advantage and store the cordblood.