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Top Three Reasons Why Moms Bank their Babies’ Cord Blood

Top Three Reasons Why Moms Bank their Babies’ Cord Blood

Top Three Reasons Why Moms Bank their Babies’ Cord Blood

Top Three Reasons Why Moms Bank their Babies’ Cord Blood

When seen together, the advances of the last two decades in maternal and prenatal care is nothing short of miraculous. Expectant mothers can now rely on an array of tests and imaging procedures to monitor the baby’s - and their own - health from the very first day of pregnancy. Almost nothing is left to chance, and with the help of a practiced OB-GYN, most women can look forward to a safe delivery – something their grandmothers or mothers couldn’t be sure of.

Now mothers have another tool in their baby-protecting kit - cord blood banking!  Cord blood banking can extend health care well beyond birth and early babyhood – a simple procedure of saving the umbilical cord blood and tissue can have positive outcomes decades later for the child, his/her siblings, extended family members and in some cases, absolute strangers.

The benefits of cord blood banking are far-reaching – it is already being used successfully to treat over 80 diseases, and there are approved on-going clinical trials for 30 more illnesses.

However, we wanted to find out exactly what the factors are, that are motivating parents to commit to years of cord blood banking costs. Is reading research enough to convince them or are there other personal factors in play?

 

We spoke to three moms to find out their reasons to invest in Evercord.

Annette, 38

“I learned of cord blood banking at my Lamaze class from other moms. I must say, we – my husband and I - researched it to death. The more I read about it, the more convinced I became that we would be doing our baby a disservice if we didn’t invest in cord blood banking!  

“The way diseases are exploding around us; this would be like health insurance against a host of life-threatening illnesses. Our baby is completely healthy; there are no genetic disorders, and we don’t have any major family history of serious diseases. But research is trying to use cord blood to treat illnesses like cancer and spinal injury; so, you never know what it can treat in 30 years!”

 

Janey, 28

“Sickle Cell Anaemia. I am a carrier of this gene mutation, and my existing condition is the sole reason for me to invest in cord blood banking. Everyone in my extended family (in my generation) has opted for cord blood banking. ​

“For the last 10 odd years – even before it became fashionable to do so – we have banked every new baby’s cord blood in our family. The mutation runs in the family, and we hope that this family-wide saving of cord blood can help one of our kids; if they need it.”

 

Anna, 41

“I became a mother at 23; cord blood banking was not available then. I recently had my third child, and this time around we banked her cord blood. When we were researching it – two factors jumped out – firstly, there are advanced clinical trials for treating cancer with cord blood - women in our family have suffered for generations with cancer; my mother and I, both had a close brush with breast cancer, and I want to give my children a fighting chance against the disease. The second factor was that one baby’s cells could end up helping siblings and extended family. Because we missed the chance to save cord blood the first two times, I felt I had to do this for all my children.”

 

While cord blood banking provides immediate and realistic treatment options for many children battling life threatening diseases such as leukemia, thalassemia or sickle cell disease; for most parents, the hope is to provide protection for the future. It’s almost like buying health insurance; only, in this case, it is not just for the baby, but also for siblings and extended family members.

Harvesting cord blood is not a new medical breakthrough; it has been around for more than two decades. What’s new is the rise of cord blood ecosystems, comprising of companies like Evercord who have revamped entire processes when it comes to collecting and storage – making it more accessible and affordable for mothers like Annette, Janey, and Anna to invest in an added blanket of protection for their children.

If you are an expecting parent, the trepidation you feel is entirely justified. If you want to know more about cord blood banking, allow us to help you out, click  https://www.natera.com/cord-blood/

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