There are so many things to prepare for when you are having a newborn.
Clothes, diapers, and other baby essentials are just the beginning. Then you have to worry about what you are going to take to the hospital and who is going to help you through your postpartum recovery.
But, there is also the thought of preparing for your baby’s future.
Because what better time to prepare for their future than before they are born!
I had just found out about cord blood registry right before I had my baby. But, I wish I had known about it much sooner.
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Our little boy Cole came in January at 8 lb. 6 oz. and 21 inches long. He is a very tall baby!
Even though he’s baby #3 in our family we love him so much. At almost 2 months old he is already starting to show off his little personality.
I worry about his future and want to be prepared for it as much as possible.
As parents that’s all we really want right? The very best for our kids.
Which is why I wish we had known about cord blood banking sooner.
Cord blood banking is the processing of collecting and preserving your baby’s umbilical cord blood!
Did you know that the blood in your baby’s umbilical cord is a rich source of powerful stem cells? Preserving your newborn’s stem cells may give your child or an immediate family member, depending on the condition and other factors, the opportunity to use this resource for current cord blood therapies. As well as the potential for use in future applications, like regenerative medicine.* Providing your family with this possibility is so important!
Check out some things you should know, that I wish I had known, about cord blood banking before you have your baby!
5 Things You Should Know About Cord Blood Banking
Cord Blood Can be Life Saving
The most amazing thing to me about cord blood banking through Cord Blood Registry is that in can be life saving.
As a mother these are all things I want to keep my baby safe from. Having cord blood banked means that it may be available for an immediate family member to use in the future, depending on the circumstances and is an investment in your family’s future.
Potential New Uses For Cord Blood Are Still Being Researched
Clinical researchers are looking into new uses for cord blood. CBR is helping advance stem cell research by partnering with reputable research institutions on FDA-regulated clinical trials. They’re helping to fund clinical trials to investigate the potential for newborn stem cells to treat conditions that currently have no cure. Most recently, results from a CBR funded study evaluating cord blood as a potential treatment for autism were published. The study showed that using a child’s own cord blood was safe in children with autism, all of whom had their cord blood preserved with CBR. More research is needed to help understand if cord blood may help children with autism. You can learn more about the clinical trial findings here or watch this video.
CBR Offers Many Resources
Getting your baby’s cord blood banked through CBR is ideal because they have so many tools and resources available to parents.
Your baby’s blood is kept safe by them in their lab in Arizona.
From the day your baby is born their cord blood is taken care of and you are notified when it has been banked.
Cord Blood Banking Can Be Affordable
You may feel like cord blood banking is expensive, which is why as we continue to expand our family I want to be prepared for our next baby to have their cord blood banked. But I learned that CBR believes passionately in the power of healthy families. They have many options to make it affordable for families, including payment plans or a gift registry option where friends and family can contribute toward the cost of preserving newborn stem cells. They also have the Newborn Possibilities Program® which assists families with a qualifying medical need by covering all costs for preserving their child’s newborn stem cells and storing them for 5 years.
Setting up a savings account for this the second you find out you are pregnant or begin planning for another baby is always a great way to go for everything else that can come up, as well.
Getting Set Up With CBR
Are you planning on banking your newborn’s cord blood?
It’s really easy to get set up with CBR and once you do everything is taken care of at the hospital.
Here are the steps to take:
- Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 1-888-240-1996
- CBR ships you a collection kit
- Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day
- Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional
- Relax. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
What benefits of Cord Blood Registry excite you the most? Have you enrolled with CBR? Tell me about it in the comments below!