This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry ® (CBR ®), but the opinions expressed here are my own.
In about 6 weeks (or less!) I’ll be holding a new bundle of joy in my arms. It’s hard to believe that the time is fast approaching, but I’m beyond excited to welcome baby #3 to the family!!
In many ways this pregnancy has been very similar to my previous ones, but in some ways I feel like I’m experiencing things for the first time. There’s always something new to learn, a better product or invention, and more knowledge to grow in.
One big difference is that for the first time I’m seriously considering preserving my newborn’s stem cells with Cord Blood Registry (CBR).
Although cord blood banking has been around for over 20 years, with more than 40,000 cord blood transplants performed using cord blood from public and private banks worldwide, I’d never taken the time to do the research myself. In any decision I believe it’s important to be informed, and CBR has been instrumental in helping me understand this process. They are firm believers that for every family, education is key!
I knew that a baby’s umbilical cord is made up of tissue and contains blood that are both rich in sources of unique and powerful stem cells, but I didn’t realize all that could mean.
Many conditions may be treatable with cord blood as part of a stem cell transplant, such as various cancers, blood, immune and metabolic disorders. In addition, research has already found that these stem cells have already been used in the treatment of over 80 serious diseases, and is currently being researched as a possible use for autism, hearing loss, and cerebral palsy.*
Every parent wants the best for their child’s future, and I’ve learned that CBR is a resource for new parents in many ways. When you choose to preserve your newborn’s stem cells with CBR, families not only have access to their child’s sample for potential future use, but they also have access to a dedicated team of genetic counselors who can answer questions about stem cell preservation in the context of your family history. CBR also invests in the future of stem cell science with their Family Health Registry, which aims to better understand the conditions most common to CBR families and helps connect them to relevant research.
Extra perks are their social community and their blog with helpful posts on everything from pregnancy nutrition, to a hospital go-bag list, to parenting tips too!
This was enough to get me thinking, but you can read about it here and discover that there’s so much more!
As any expectant parent does, I’m thinking beyond birth and to the future of my children. Some things you just can’t plan for but knowing that this option could provide so many potential benefits brings me a sense of confidence and comfort.
Getting things set up with CBR is easy, and this quick video really brings clarity to the process.
If you’re ready to enroll now, follow these 5 steps:
- 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.
CLICK HERE for more information, AND receive a promo code for $200 OFF initial fees once your fill out your information!!
I’d love to hear how you’ve prepared or are preparing for baby, and if you’ve considered giving cord blood banking a try!