Decisions about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn babies are literally life-altering for expecting parents-to-be.
It's especially stressful considering the sheer number of choices that need to be made and the amount of information out there that's supposed to help make those decisions!
I think expecting parents have enough on their plates just making choices about epidurals, breastfeeding, and pacifiers. I'm pretty sure those three topics alone could consume most mothers through the duration of their pregnancies!
Add in things like amniocentesis, genetic testing and cord blood banking and the responsibility of those choices becomes overwhelming!
Cord Blood Banking Pros & Cons
Cord blood banking is something I knew very little about when I was pregnant with my own little ones, but it's something I wish I had learned a bit more about before brushing it off.
I spent some time on the StemCyte website to learn more about cord blood banking pros and cons. I love that there's a ton of information right on the site's home page, starting with an excellent video explaining what cord blood banking actually is.
Cord blood banking pros
When looking at the cord blood banking pros cons, I have to say, it's way easier to find pros!
I learned from StemCyte that umbilical cord blood banking allows parents to save the blood collected in baby's umbilical cord. Umbilical cord blood is unique because it provides a rich source of stem cells, which can be the most powerful way to treat a variety of diseases.
I also learned that, while baby's cord blood cells are a perfect match for that baby, siblings or parents can potentially use the baby's umbilical cord blood. It all depends on if the other person matches the tissue type of the cord blood, but it's certainly a nice pro to think that the cord blood could be used to treat other members of the family.
Another point I didn't consider when thinking about saving umbilical cord blood was that there's so much medical research continually being done.
As more and more successful cord blood transplants occur, researchers are able to further study the effects cord blood stem cells have on a variety of conditions that currently aren't being treated with stem cells. The potential use for the cord blood will only increase as time goes on!
StemCyte is a private cord blood banking service. There are some compelling reasons to choose StemCyte:
2. StemCyte offers exceptional cell processing. Their MaxCell process removes only the plasma and recovers a higher number of stem cells compared to other methods.
3. StemCyte cord blood units have been used in almost 2,000 transplants to date. Other private cord blood banking companies have numbers that are just over 200!
All this information and so much more can be found just by visiting the StemCyte website and browsing for a minute or two.
Cord blood banking cons:
How much does cord blood banking cost?
The cost of cord blood banking isn't readily available, but it's definitely a factor in deciding if and how to bank a newborn baby's umbilical cord blood.
Like I said before, there are so few cons and so many potential pros to cord blood banking it's worth it to at least look into it.
Disclosure: This post provided by StemCyte. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy for further details.