I know, it is way too soon to start making arrangements about cord blood banking when the baby is due 7 months from now. Yet, I am pretty sure that the more I get to find out about the subject, the easier it would be for me and my husband to make the right decision for the future of the entire family. Yes, you read that right. In the remote case you havent heard it by now, cord blood banking has grown so popular over the last decades, that it is more unusual nowadays not to pursue it.
I heard a couple of stories from other couples who did the same when their time came. Most of them are very satisfied and at ease with what they chose to do for their babys future health. The only couple I know that was not so happy about it was having some money issues when I last saw them, as the husband was in between jobs, so being able to pay the installments was their only concern. Nothing else related to medical issues.
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The procedure, I hear, is quite simple, quick and painless. They only need to move fast enough, to make sure the cord blood sample they get is adequate for storage. So, they need to take some precautions during handling, but Im positive they know perfectly well what they are doing, as they are caring, experienced professionals very passionate about their jobs. Nobody can argue this. The only thing I have to remember is to check out courier service providers, Toronto hosting quite a few, so as to make sure I pick up the fastest, most reliable one out there.
Even though no close relatives of mine had any serious illness that could make me worry about the future of my little one, this does not mean I could not store my babys cord blood for somebody else, quite the contrary. The stem cells from healthy blood can be used by any compatible patient, anywhere in the world.
There are so many people suffering in the world, so many children desperately waiting for a stem cell transplant that could save them from leukemia, lymphoma, metabolic diseases etc. Their lives are definitely worth the price of that minor intervention at birth. Why discard what could be used someday to make the only difference that counts in other peoples lives?
I read that the cryogenically preserved stem cells have no such thing as an expiration date, so the frozen cord blood should be usable for decades. In my case, the decision has already been made. The stem cells extracted from the umbilical cord are an amazing example of lifes capability to hold in itself the power to renew, regenerate and restart all over again. A wonderful unique chance I would not miss for the world!