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According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention there are roughly 11,000 babies born every day. When you have a baby you are inundated with new information that comes out almost daily. Should you do cord blood banking, or not? Should you breastfeed or not? Should you circumcise or not? If you’re already a parent, think about all the things that have changed since the last time you had a baby. Chances are, even if you had a baby within the past year, there’s already been at least one change to at least one recommendation that you received since your baby was born. It’s no surprise that researchers and companies are working hard to keep us up-to-date on the latest information when it comes to the health of our babies. I think learning about new ways to keep our children happy and healthy is fascinating! Parents are doing multiple things to keep their children safe. Now parents are choosing a procedure that can save your child’s cord blood after birth.
As a new first time mom, I remember very vividly being told about cord blood banking, and not really understanding what it was meant to do. My doctor seemed to just skip over the information, instead he opted to give me a hand out to read later and mentioned that if I was interested that it was an option. Since he didn’t flat-out recommend cord blood banking to us or really take the time to explain exactly what it was, I just thought it was something really costly that I would be spending my money on and never needing to use it. As it turns out, my doctor should really consider taking the time to explain cord banking to new parents if he already isn’t because cord banking is advancing practically by the day in the ways that it can be used to save our children from illness or disease.
Cord blood banking gives new patients the option to save their child’s umbilical cord blood immediately following the birth while it still has all of the rich and healthy stem cells in it. The stem cells can morph into all sorts of blood cells.
Cord blood bank has the potential to save lives – they are researching as we speak on how to use it to save patients affected by leukemia, sickle cell anemia and many other types of metabolic disorders. With the understanding of how cord banking works as well as the consideration of the advancements in recent years and potential that cord banking has, cord banking for babies has become an easy choice as well as a necessity for any family.
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