Parents would do anything in their power to ensure the health and safety of their children. As a parent myself, I know that worrying about your children begins from the moment you know you are expecting. In some cases, this is all you can do worry, because there are situations and risks that cannot be foreseen or prevented.
However, with the advances in medicine and with the rather recent discovery on the importance of cord blood, you can plan ahead and prevent a possible risky situation. I am talking about storing your babys umbilical cord blood.
When I first heard about it, I was a bit hesitant and I did not know what to make of it. But, as I read more and more about it, I became convinced that, no matter how expensive it might be, it is totally worth it. And I will tell you why.
The blood from the newborns umbilical cord is rich in stem cells. These stem cells have the ability to grow into organs, blood vessels, and tissues, so, in other words, they can turn into virtually any human cell. Because of their great abilities, these cells can be used later on, in the treatment of certain diseases that your child might develop.
Now you can see for yourself why, instead of throwing away this blood after birth, it would be a sensible choice to store it. Furthermore, the treatment with stem cells can be used on siblings or even relatives of the baby. Of course, you cannot know for sure that you will ever need it, but I was not going to take that risk.
So, after deciding for cord blood banking, the next decision was where. I did a thorough research of banks, read reviews, talked to people. In the process, I found out another important thing: the method of transportation. In the beginning, I did not even think about it. But of course, it makes so much sense! The transportation is vital; the conditions must be 100% safe, so that the cord blood may reach the facility in perfect state.
Therefore, when calculating the budget for cord blood banking, do not forget to factor in related expenses: courier cost for the rush delivery after birth, Ontario and Toronto companies having well determined fees for this type of services. If you are having a hard time deciding, ask the banking facility for references. That is what I did. You want a serious and reliable company, because their task is important, and time and punctuality are of the essence in these cases.
All in all, I am satisfied with my choices and, although there was no need to access the cord blood so far, I feel more at peace knowing that it is there.