So we’ve decided to save the baby’s umbilical cord blood and cord tissue.
We knew of this five years ago with Victoria but opted out of it. Mostly because of the expense. It was like $4K of $5K, crazy money.
Now that we’ve been parents for five years, we have a different filter now. We are seeing it as insurance. It’s now not that expensive, around $3K. But nonetheless lotsa dough.
This is the scoop:
The company sends you a kit to give to the doctor. When the baby is born, they cut the baby’s umbilical cord with blood and all, package it and then it’s cryofrozen.
The cord blood and cord tissue are frozen for potential future medical use. Either for the baby or even for Victoria.
In the God-forbid life event that either child get sick with any number of illnesses or deceases, like cancer; the frozen cord content can be used to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems.
Science has advanced so much in this area that it’s borderline miraculous.
I guess with the passing of my father in law, we are more acutely aware of what cancer does. He died of Lymphoma. A type of blood cancer. So stem cells from the cord can help to treat cancers like lymphoma or leukemia as well as certain disorders of the blood and immune system - like sickle cell or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.
The crazy thing is that the cord has 10 times more stem cells that when it’s collected from the bone marrow.
In studies referenced by WebMD they cite 1 in 200 and 1 in 200,000 chance the child will use the cord blood. An example when the blood would be useless is if the disease is caused by a genetic mutation since that mutation would also be in the stored blood. In fact, current research shows that the stores blood may only be good for 15 years. Regardless, we’ll take the 15 year insurance.
Just another tool in science today to give us peace of mind that will be there should we need it. We strongly believe Maya Angelo’s mantra: When you know better, you do better.