BIRTH | WHY I PLAN TO STORE MY CORD BLOOD AND TISSUE
BY MARCIA LEONE
As much as I don't like to focus on the "what-ifs" and the things that could go wrong in the future, I think it's important to be as prepared as possible- especially when it comes to health. If there is any way to even marginally safeguard my family's future health, you bet I'm going to jump on board.
Just before Archie was born we looked into core blood banking and it was something we wanted to do, but didn't think we could afford at the time. After Archie had unexpected emergency surgery at 2 days old, I realised there was nothing more important than health, so the second time around our decision to bank our core blood and tissue was a no-brainer.
For those that don't know, a Cord Blood & Tissue Bank store the stem cells present in babies umbilical cords. These cells could potentially be used for the whole family later on in life for a wide range of diseases such as leukamia, lymphoma, cerebral palsy, diabetes, joint replacements and arthritis.
We chose to go with Crysosite because they are the Australian pioneer of stem cell banking, and the only company to offer parents certified viability of their samples prior to storage, which means you are guaranteed your cells can be used if needed in the future. There is a clear focus on the quality of processing and storage methods which gives me peace of mind.
After filling out an online medical history form I received my kit at 34 weeks via courier ( just incase of early labour) and have it with my hospital bag ready to go. All I need to do is bring it with me to the hospital and the Doctor will do the rest.
I will follow up with more information on the collection process and storage after baby- which should be any day now! In the meantime you can read more information at www.cryosite.com