Cord Blood Banking!

By
Shannon M. Clark, MD
|
January 21, 2022
Cord Blood Banking!

When you are pregnant and go to the OBGYN for a visit, you might find yourself leaving with a stack of pamphlets filled with lots of info you’ve never thought about or maybe even heard of. While it can feel overwhelming or confusing in the moment, take the time to learn about some of the optional services available. Optional services are not services you have to say yes to, but they are things that you might decide are a good fit for your family!

Have you heard of cord blood banking?

One such optional service is cord blood banking! Cord blood (blood from the umbilical cord) is rich with stem cells that can be used to help treat serious diseases later in one’s life. After delivery of your baby, the umbilical cord blood can be collected and stored for future use.

How does cord blood help treat diseases?

Cord blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma, and stem cells. The cord stem cells are similar to the stem cells found in an adult’s bone marrow; however, the youth of the cells makes them able to replicate for a longer period of time. These young stem cells are able to differentiate (change into other cells) and replicate making cord blood stem cells the ideal choice for transplantation and disease treatment.

As of today cord blood stem cells can undergo a process of transfusion to treat over 80 diseases including cancers, metabolic disorders, immune and blood related diseases.  In addition, doctors see more potential and are currently researching the use of cord blood to treat other diseases including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.

According to HealthBanks, “Every year, more than 580,000 people in the U.S. die from cancer, despite surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. With new revolutionary CAR T immunotherapies, your life can now be saved using your own immune cells — the strongest anti-cancer weapon known.”

For that reason, I chose to do cord blood banking for my twins, and I encourage others to strongly consider it for their children as well. It is a decision you need to make before the day of delivery.

Cord Blood Banking Info

How do I do cord blood banking?

You’ll select a company and sign up for the type of plan that you desire. I recommend HealthBanks. Once you sign up for a plan, they’ll send you a collection kit which you’ll take with you to your delivery. You’ll inform your physician that you are doing cord blood banking and give them the kit. They will help you collect what you need to send into the lab. HealthBanks offers several options starting at $19.99/month. The price is nominal for the peace of mind and future wellness of a child.

When you use my referral code  "drclarkreferral" at checkout, you’ll receive 6 months of free storage for Silver Packages and 1 year of free storage for Gold and Platinum Packages!

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

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.

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