5 reasons to bank your baby’s cord blood + my story

Five reasons to bank your baby’s cord blood, and learn my cord blood banking story.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of LifebankUSA. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

From the moment you find out you’re pregnant you instantly start preparing for the future, no one ever likes to plan for the worse but it should always be a thought. Cord Blood Banking is on the rise in the US, and more and more doctors are using cord blood to save the lives of children or their siblings from life threatening diseases.

Since the early 2000’s cord blood transplants have grown over 50% and will continue to be on the rise as more medical research is done. LifebankUSA offers several Advanced Biobanking options including; placental blood banking, complete placenta bank, cord vessels and cord platelet rich plasma.

 

Five reasons why you could consider banking your child’s cord blood/tissue:

  • It’s affordable; you can bank your blood/tissue for less than $100 a month/year
  • Banking at a private facility will give you access to your blood/tissue should it ever be needed
  • You can use the stem cells to potentially save your child, their sibling or another family member from various diseases and conditions
  • Different types of banking; from blood to tissues
  • Fewer complications from surgeries using these cells

If you haven’t been following me for long you may not know this; my husband has as deterioration retinal eye disease that will ultimately leave him fully blind. He has always been a crusader for research and potential treatment options and when we found out we were pregnant with our first child in 2005; one of the options we looked into was cord blood banking.

Back in the early 2000’s cord blood banking was extremely new, very expensive and not as commonly recognized by medical professionals. We had no idea how beneficial the umbilical and placenta can be for treating potential diseases and disorders. We looked into it and honestly were put off by the cost; back then it was a lot more money and there was hardly any financing options available like there is today.

So, when it came time for the delivery we paid the cost for the kit to be delivered to the hospital. Having the kit ahead is extremely important to be prepared for delivery; you only have 15 minutes to bank the cord blood. We optioned for cord blood banking because that was the only available option at the time. I remember at the admittance at the hospital how much a “rush” we had to get it from the banking facility to the hospital. The closest “bank” was over 4 hours away and you never know how long (or short) a delivery can be.

Thankfully, it arrived literally just in time and were able to preserve the cord blood and the potential benefits of doing so. Back then, it was said that banking the cord blood was most beneficial for the first child, however; regardless how many children you have had, or plan to have I’d highly recommend doing cord blood or placental banking.

You never know when a medical situation can arise and having a piece of mind knowing that you have potential “cure” in your possession is the best piece of mind any parents can have. Banking a child’s cord blood can also potentially save the child, their siblings or their parents in a medical situation.

Ten years later, we are still banking our blood for a potential “just in case” situation. However, currently my husband’s condition is still very much in the research stage but if ever need it use it we can use it. The idea of cord blood banking advanced biobanking has evolved so much over just the last ten years and will only continue to grow over the next 15 years.

 

Whether you’re expecting your first child or adding to your growing family; LifebankUSA offers several banking options that suits your needs. LifebankUSA offers banking options from placenta and cord blood banking and advance biobanking which includes options such as banking the placental organ for future preservation. You can feel secure that your family has a resource in case something should happen to one of your children or a family member.

When you bank with LifebankUSA, you will get the purest collection of blood stem cells; through their unique red blood cell depletion process that results in a 99% purity level. Their customized approach uses manual cell separation by giving your collection special attention. Linkbank USA offers the highest purity levels in the business.

When your collection kit arrives at LifebankUSA, it will safely be stored at their state-of-art facility and their technicians will process your baby’s stem cells using the latest technology in their highly controlled sterile lab. Your cells will be stored for preservation and temperature will be monitored 24/7. LifebankUSA was also apart of the first cord and placenta stem cell transplant in the world!

LifebankUSA, also offers a gift registry option so your loved ones can give you a one in a lifetime gift. It also provides an convenient way to let your family and friends know you’ve decided to bank your child’s stem cells. You will receive a LifebankUSA gift registry packet including shower cards, to invite your friends to contribute to an unique and amazing opportunities.

If you’re already aware of the benefits of banking with LifebankUSA why not pass it onto others. Why you refer friends and family members using the Pass it On Program, you’ll receive a free year of storage when you have someone sign up using your name.

If you’re interested in learning more about cord blood and tissue banking please feel free to visit LinkbankUSA website for additional resources and to request information.

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