When my son Jacob was born 14 years ago, no one ever mentioned it to me. But my doctor strongly recommended that I bank Rachel's cord blood 10 years ago. I am not a doctor nor a scientist. But I thought I should share with you my personal reasons for banking her cord blood.
First, in case you don't know, let's talk about what cord blood is. The umbilical cord connects the baby to the placenta and provides vital nutrients throughout the pregnancy. When a baby is born, the remaining blood in the umbilical cord contains a rich source of stem cells. Stem cells are the building blocks of the body. Your skin, nerves, bones and joints were all built by stem cells during development. The type of stem cells in the umbilical cord are the building blocks of the body’s blood and immune systems.
So what does this mean? Cord blood stem cells have the potential to rebuild and repair bone cartilage, muscle cells, red blood cells, white blood cells, nerve cells and more. The most common treatments using Cord Blood are:
With stem cells on the forefront of medical advances, this list is expected to grow. There are currently over 80 diseases that can be treated with cord blood.
By banking Rachel's cord blood, I am guaranteed a 100% match should she ever need it. Plus, Siblings have a high chance of being a match when it comes to cord blood transplants. Banking cord blood is like an insurance policy. I hope that I will never have to collect on it. But I will be so grateful that I did this should the need arise.
CorCell is a new partner of FIT4MOM. I can say without hesitation that I believe it's worth the investment. I encourage you to check out their site and learn more about the benefits of storing cord blood.
CorCell is also hosting a free cord blood banking giveaway! The contest ends August 17th, so click HERE to enter before it is too late!