This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry ® (CBR ®), but the opinions expressed here are my own.
It seems so long ago that my 5 and almost 7-yr-old were born! The pride I felt being their Mom was tremendous and the urge to protect them was almost overwhelming from the start! Talk about mama bear, well I am here to tell you, it’s real! Those of you who are mama bears already will be able to identify with me because protecting them at all costs is something that comes very natural to mama bears! So many things go through your mind when you have a little one like “Will I get it right?” “Will I hear them cry at night?” “Are they healthy?” and “How do I bathe them?” The list goes on and on and believe me, the older they get, it doesn’t change. You still wonder if you are getting it right but looking back, there is one thing I’m glad I did, and that is preserving my baby’s stem cells.
You have probably heard about it on the news or heard other moms talk about it but what is cord blood banking all about and what are stem cells? Simply put cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells for potential future use. Stem cells are defined as “an undifferentiated cell of a multicellular organism that is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cell arise by differentiation.” Cord blood stem cells are unique and have the ability to become the different types of cells of the blood and immune system!
Your baby’s umbilical cord is made of tissue and contains blood, both of which are rich sources of powerful stem cells. Preserving them may give your child or an immediate family member, depending on the condition and other factors, the opportunity to use this resource for current cord blood therapies.
Cord blood stem cells have been used for 30 years in the treatment of over 80 serious diseases, such as certain blood cancers, immune and metabolic disorders, and hematologic conditions. Research is underway for the use of cord blood in conditions that have no cure today, like autism, hearing loss, and cerebral palsy. Can you imagine if you were able to give your child or family member a gift like this?
Simple and safe
Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is a newborn stem cell preservation company. Collecting your baby’s cord blood is a simple and safe procedure that takes place immediately after the birth of your child. I was amazed at how easy it was and how great CBR was to work with and still is! It’s wonderful that CBR believes every family should have the opportunity to preserve their newborn’s stem cells. That’s why they offer affordable payment options to fit almost every family budget and also offer a Gift Registry, where friends and family can contribute towards the cost of banking. My yearly rate is very affordable and worth every penny!
How to Get Set up with CBR:
There are 5 simple steps:
- Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 1-888-240-1996
- CBR ships you a collection kit
- Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day
- Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional
- Relax. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
To learn more about CBR, CLICK HERE, and you will also receive a code for $200 OFF initial fees when you fill out your information.
Investment in Future
Banking your child’s cord blood may be an investment in the future health of your family. Hopefully no one in the family will ever need to use it but but I’m glad it’s there as a potential option we might not have otherwise! Research is underway for the use of cord blood in conditions that have no cure today, like autism, hearing loss, and cerebral palsy. CBR also invests in the future of stem cell science with their Family Health Registry, which aims to better understand the conditions most common to CBR families and helps connect them to relevant research. Extra perks are their social community and their blog with helpful posts on everything from pregnancy nutrition, to a hospital go-bag list, to parenting tips. As a Mom, this is amazing, and I truly hope the research can turn into something so positive!
Today, many conditions may be treatable with cord blood as a part of a stem cell transplant, including various cancers and blood, immune and metabolic disorders.* Mama bear needs all the help I can get. Also with CBR, every family has access to CBR’s team of Certified Genetic Counselors, who can discuss your family’s medical history as it relates to newborn stem cells, and educate you on your options to preserve them for your family’s future. They have been very helpful to me and I have reached out a few times over the years!
CLICK HERE to learn more about CBR and to receive a code for $200 OFF initial fees, once you fill out your information
This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as cord blood can only be collected at birth. Cord blood banking is your only chance to capture the powerful cord blood stems cells unique to your child and as a parent (Mama Bear) I want to do everything to provide future possibilities to my family! I know I will make many mistakes raising my kids but one thing I’m glad I did was choosing to Preserve My Baby’s Stem Cells with CBR.