Having three daughters, my husband and I considered cord blood banking more than once. The first time, admittedly, we didn’t know about it until we were already at the hospital laboring and the thought of the cost at that time wasn’t something we could manage, so we opted not to do it. Then our twins came along and our pregnancy and delivery was so dramatic, that we ended up not making the plans to bank either of their cords.
Do I regret it?
I really hope that I’ll be fortunate enough not to, but I do kind of wish I had made room for it in our budget. I can’t imagine the feelings of anguish and despair that parents must feel when watching their child endure a fight with cancer or some other brutal disease. The peace of mind that it offers really would be worth the cost to me.
What doest cord blood banking offer to those who do it?
According to Cord Blood Registry:
- Potential assistance with cancer treatment should the need arise.
- The ability to use stem cells for various health treatments like improving the effects of Cerebral Palsy.
- Cure for Sickle Cell Anemia.
- Possible treatments are being explored for heart disease, stroke, serious wounds, spinal cord injuries and more just by using cord tissue.
Also, we’re hanging out most of the day Wednesday for a twitter block party chatting all things motherhood and one of the prizes is another opportunity to win a cord blood banking package! So come hang with us! Details below!!
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