The one thing I have always wished I would have done with my boys, would have been to bank their cord blood.
I remember hearing about it when I was pregnant, but I never looked into it like I wanted to. I didn’t know what was near me or how much it might cost. And when the big day came for all of my guys? Not having anything prepared, we did not get their cord blood banked anywhere. It is always something I regretted a bit.
If you live in Canada, there is Insception.
Why do people bank their baby’s cord blood? Cord blood is blood obtained from your baby’s umbilical cord at birth and it’s a rich source of stem cells. The cells have the potential to treat an ever-growing list of illnesses that may occur in a family: Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Alzheimer’s and Spinal Cord Injury.
That’s the part that gets me the most. My 6 year old has mild Cerebral Palsy. While we don’t know for sure banking the cord blood would have made a difference, I can’t tell you that I don’t sometimes wonder.
If your child ever required a stem cell transplant, their own perfectly matched cells will be immediately available throughout their lifetime, with no risk of rejection. Also amazing? If a related family member were to become ill and require treatment, studies have shown that stem cells from a matched related donor have less risk of rejection… making it a better chance the donor cells could be accepted.
After your baby is born, the blood is collected from the umbilical cord by the delivering physician or nurse. It is then transported to Insception’s state-of-the-art storage facility. Insception has partnered with leading hospitals such as Mount Sinai Hospital and The Scarborough Hospital. Because Insception has collected the most cord blood units, healthcare professionals are more familiar with their collection process, which ensure a smooth collection procedure during your child’s birth and a better sample volume.
Insception is AABB accredited and registered with Health Canada and FDA.
Banking your child’s cord blood is a potentially lifesaving procedure that takes less than 5 minutes and won’t interfere with the delivery of your baby. Insception offers several convenient payment plans.
This post is brought to you by Inception Cord Blood Bank. All opinions are our own.