While I was pregnant, an issue that weighed heavily on my mind was banking my baby’s umbilical cord blood. There seemed to be information and ads regarding this subject on every other page of the pregnancy magazines, urging me to hurry up and make a decision.
I thought about it extensively, and weighed the pros and cons as best I could. A kind of insurance that could possibly protect my baby in her lifetime? Who wouldn’t jump at that? We all want to protect our children. But although there’s no price I wouldn’t pay for my child to be healthy and safe, the prices seemed steep (at a glance), and were overwhelming for me, a soon-to-be mommy who was worried about the cost of just giving birth and doctor visits after.
But I didn’t want to regret not doing it, either.
It was a tough decision… and unfortunately one that I never really made. Somehow, before I knew it, childbirth was upon me and it was too late. I’m just thankful my daughter has been very healthy for the 14 wonderful months she has graced me with her presence. :-) But I plan on having more children, and before I know it the time to start thinking about this again will be here again. I want to be ready this time!
Some things to think about, and things I wish I had known:
- Cord blood contains stem cells which can be used in the treatment of leukemia, breast cancer, lymphoma, and many other diseases.
- Having cord blood available makes a painful bone marrow extraction procedure unnecessary.
- A person’s cord blood is a perfect 100% match only for that person. Siblings have a 1 in 4 chance of having compatible stem cells.
- A baby’s cord blood is collected just after delivery and in no way interferes with the birth or causes pain for either the mother or child.
Cryo-Cell, the nation’s largest and most-accredited cord blood bank, would like you to know about a special limited-time price reduction offer. You can save $725 on Cryo-Cell’s U-Cord service using the coupon code HOT until 06/28/09. I looked into this personally and it looks like a very good deal – the annual fee is only $125 a year, starting the second year after initial fee.
What do you think of cord blood banking?