Pregnancy Considerations – Cord Blood Banking

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Pregnancy is a time filled with considerations and choices (as you’ve probably realized by now).   From your prenatal exercise routine to your birth plan – it seems there is a new decision to make for every minute of your pregnancy. And the minutes following birth? Well, there’s a consideration for that too! Let’s talk about it.

 

A Precious Opportunity Is Born

 

As an expecting parent you have the opportunity to save your newborn’s umbilical cord blood and cord tissue stem cells. Doing so secures your family a potential medical resource that would otherwise be discarded.  In recent years saving umbilical cord stem cells has become an increasingly popular choice among moms and dads-to-be. Here’s why:

 

Stem cells are the real deal and the blood found in your baby’s umbilical cord contains young stem cells with healing power. Sounds futuristic, right? The fact is cord blood stem cells are already being utilized in medicine, today:

 

     in the treatment of nearly 80-diseases,

 

•     in over 30,000 cord blood transplants to date, and

 

•     now in nearly half of all pediatric transplants

 

Scientists are also actively researching potential new uses of cord blood and tissue stem cells in the areas of Alzhiemer’s, Parkinson’s, Type 1 Diabetes, brain injury and heart disease… just to name a few.

 

Let’s be clear. Banking cord blood does not guarantee that a family will ever need to use it, or that use in treatment will work.  Only a doctor can make that call. Cord tissue stem cells are not yet established for use in treatment at this time, but ongoing research in the area is very exciting. Sometimes having options can make a difference.

 

When it comes to choosing what to do with your baby’s cord blood and cord tissue stem cells, empower yourself to make a decision that’s right for your family. Know the facts; consider the potential benefits. Learn more at www.viacord.com

 

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DISCLAIMER:  This blog post was written by a paid sponsor for the Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) Campaign 2014 – VIACORD, and edited by Team PAM.  The opinions expressed by VIACORD and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of PAM or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by VIACORD.

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