From the logistical items like what car seat to buy and at which hospital you’ll be delivering, to the medical considerations like if you should get genetic counseling or bank your baby’s cord blood, there are a lot of things to consider when preparing for the arrival of a baby!
Today, I am going to dive deeper into this latter medical consideration of whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood.
In this interview with genetic counselor, Michelle McDougal of Cord Blood Registry, we discuss what cord blood banking is and why it might be the right decision for you.
Though you may be told about cord blood banking at your regular obstetric visits, you will likely have to set up the service outside of your obstetric provider’s office. I chose to bank the cord blood from the birth of my twins using Cord Blood Registry, and I’m excited to be able to share a special discount code to save you $500 off cord blood preservation and $1200 off cord blood + tissue preservation through Cord Blood Registry!
After a baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped, there is blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta. They contain cells called “hematopoietic stem cells,” and with modern medical technology, these cells can be used to treat some types of diseases that might occur in the future.
You can choose to bank the cord blood giving you the ability in the future to treat more than 70 types of disease, including diseases of the immune system, genetic disorders, neurologic disorders, and some forms of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma.
Unlike bone marrow, which must be used soon after it is collected, cord blood can be frozen and stored making it more readily available for anyone who needs it. Additionally, stem cells can be used to strengthen the immune system during cancer treatments whereas bone marrow does not have this ability.
There are several additional benefits to banking cord blood such as being more easily accepted by the body (whereas bone marrow can be rejected), and there are more possible matches with cord blood transplant. To learn more about the benefits, as well answers to frequently asked questions, I recommend reading the information provided by ACOG.
In addition, be sure to watch my interview discussion, and don’t forget to use your discount code if you decide upon banking your baby’s cord blood!
Cord Blood Registry– Use Code: DRC1 to receive up to $1200 off!
Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.
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