Cord Blood Banking
Thinking of banking your baby’s stem cells? THIS is the day to do it…
Seasons Restaurant, Washington Township, NJ
Thursday, March 13th (6:30-9:00 PM)
Come mingle with other expectant parents
while you enjoy a complimentary brunch & great raffle prizes.
Admission is FREE but space is limited.
Everything you need to know about Cord Blood Banking Be Healthy & Fit for you and your baby
Each Mom-to-be will receive a free gift bag and be entered to win fabulous prizes
& One Night only $500 Cord Blood Discount!
Birth is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save your baby’s cord blood.
What Cord Blood Banking Means to your family:
Peace of mind knowing you have immediate access to these life-saving cells. Cord blood is a guaranteed match for the baby and may also provide potential treatment for other family members. Scientists are now looking to cord blood to treat many common illnesses including heart disease and stroke–which could potentially make your baby’s cord blood even more valuable in the future.*
*Although the potential use of umbilical cord blood is expanding rapidly, the odds that a family member without one of these diseases will need to use their child’s cord blood are low.
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What is Cord Blood:
Cord blood is the blood from the umbilical cord that supplies nutrients and oxygen to an unborn child. This blood contains stem cells. Cord blood stem cells, like bone marrow stem cells, are free of political and ethical debate… Even the Pope approves of cord blood banking! Stem Cells are the building blocks of our blood and immune systems. They are found throughout the body including in bone marrow, cord blood and peripheral blood. They are particularly powerful because they have the ability to treat, repair and/or replace damaged cells in the body.
Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat over 70 different diseases including cancers (like Leukemia), blood disorders (like Sickle-Cell Anemia), and immune system deficiencies. Medical researchers are exploring new uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Today, scientists are doing pre-clinical research using cord blood stem cells to potentially treat various cancers and heart disease. Breakthroughs in these early stage programs could potentially increase the value of your family’s cord blood stem cells.
Many expecting parents are not aware that they can save their baby’s cord blood, and these precious life saving cells are simply thrown away at birth.
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Why Cord Blood is a Premier Source of Stem Cells:
Cord blood stem cells, like the stem cells found in bone marrow, are non-controversial and free of political and ethical debate surrounding other types of stem cells. Cord blood can be collected at the time of delivery and preserved as a readily available source of stem cells for your family. A stem cell transplant using cells from the family is recognized as the best treatment options. Transplants from a family member have twice the success rate as transplants using donated cells from outside the family.
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Are there stem cells available surrounding the cord blood:
Families can also collect and save stem cells from the surrounding umbilical cord tissue. These tissues-derived stem cells have “regenerating” properties and laboratory research in the last few years has demonstrated their potential to treat additional disease like Parkinson’s, stroke, & type 1 diabetes.
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Why Should We Bank Our Baby’s Cord Blood
Privately banking your newborn’s cord blood means that should there be a need, your baby will have a source of stem cells that is an exact match, with no risk of rejection. There is also a strong possibility that his/her siblings will be a match as well. This is important because clinical studies demonstrate that stem cell transplants are twice as successful when the stem cells come from a family member rather than a non-relative (e.g., a public bank). In simple terms, your baby’s cord blood is a perfect match for your baby, but can also potentially be used to treat siblings and have the potential to be used for siblings and other family members.
You only get ONE chance, at the birth of your baby, to capture these stem cells. Once they are gone, you can never get them back. Think of it as a sort of “insurance” policy. The last thing you want to deal with when your child is sick, is saying, “We should have…”
What Kinds of Advances Have Been Made and What Does the Future Hold:
In 1988 the odds of being diagnosed by the age of 50 with a disease currently treatable with cord blood stem cells was 1 in 300,000 and the number of diseases treatable with cord blood was one. Today, the calculated probability of being diagnosed with a disease that is currently treatable with cord blood stem cells could be as high 1 in 217 and the number of treatable diseases is over 80.
Medical researchers are exploring new uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Today, scientists are doing pre-clinical research using cord blood stem cells to potentially treat various cancers and heart disease. Breakthroughs in these early stage programs could potentially increase the value of your family’s cord blood stem cells. Plus many scientist and doctors believe stem cells may someday be used to help treat brain damage, spinal cord injuries, nerve and tissue regeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.
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What if This isn’t Our First Baby…:
If you did not bank for your older children, you should certainly consider doing so for your next baby. Not only will the baby have their cells available, if they need them, but your older children are more likely to find a match with their siblings than anyone else. Treatments are twice as successful when the stem cells come from a family member rather than from a non-relative (e.g., a public bank).
If you did bank for your first child, all of the same reasons are valid to bank for your new baby as well. While the first child’s cord blood may be a good match for other siblings, it is not a guaranteed match. Why not provide this baby with the same benefits as the last? Current research continues to explore new uses for autologous treatment options (using one’s own cord blood), instead of a sibling’s or donated unit. Most private cord blood banks offer significant discounts for banking additional children’s cord blood.
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How is Cord Blood Collected:
Once you enroll, you will receive a collection kit with everything your medical staff needs to collect your baby’s cord blood. You’ll keep the kit with your pre-packed hospital luggage so it will be ready when the big day arrives. When you check in to the hospital, simply hand the kit to the nurse or doctor.
After your baby is born, and after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, your obstetrician, nurse or midwife will collect the cord blood. The blood will flow by gravity into the bag until it stops. The actual collection typically takes three to five minutes. After the cord blood has been collected, the blood bag is clamped, sealed and labeled. Have a family member or friend contact the cord blood company to let them know the cord blood was collected and to get indtructions for pick-up. ViaCord will send a private medical courier to pick up the blood at the hospital and transfer for processing and storage.
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How long does Cord Blood last:
When families choose to bank their baby’s cord blood, if it’s ever needed – even years down the road – to date, there is no evidence that it will ever expire so their frozen cord blood should offer a viable treatment option. The most comprehensive research on this topic comes from Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, a pioneering cord blood scientist and renowned microbiologist and immunologist, who has studied cord blood for more than two decades. More specifically, in 2003 his team published a pivotal study that showed cord blood units were still viable 15 years after being cryogenically frozen. Dr. Broxmeyer and his colleagues went on to extend this finding in 2011, with research that proves cord blood cells can be effective in treatment after being cryogenically stored for 21 years.*1
In this latest study, laboratory tests showed that after 21 years of cryogenic preservation the thawed cord blood stem cells could be transplanted and could still engraft and help an immune system create new healthy stem cells. Engraftment is one key indicator of transplant success.
Dr. Broxmeyer’s studies don’t give any reason to think banked cord blood won’t last far longer than 21 years. In fact, the New York Department of Health concluded that properly stored cord blood units can stay viable indefinitely. This delivers important peace of mind; if you bank your baby’s cord blood, know this valuable medical resource will be available for your family if it’s ever needs – whether that’s in two years or 22.
For nearly 20 years, ViaCord has been providing the highest quality, umbilical cord blood stem cell collections for families. We’ve preserved nearly 300,000 cord blood collections and released more related cord blood units for transplants and infusions than any other cord blood company. Of course, we hope families never need to use their stored cord blood, but thanks to dedicated researchers like Dr. Broxmeyer, you can take comfort in knowing the facts.
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What is the Value of Private vs. Public Banking:
There are two options for storing your baby’s cord blood: private banking and public banking. I recommend privately banking your baby’s cord blood so that it is stored exclusively for your baby and family. If a stem cell transplant is ever necessary, with private cord blood banking, you have a guaranteed match for your baby and a potential match for other family members as well. Public banks on the other hand, store donated cord blood, which is then available to anyone that needs it (many are already on waiting lists), or it is used for studies and research. Keep in mind that with public donation there is no guarantee that it will be available if you need it in the future and if you are having a cesarean (planned or unplanned) or multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) you will likely not be able to donate. The latest statistics show that 30% of births are by c-section. My plan was to have a vaginal birth, but complications caused me to have a c-section. If I had not privately banked, my son’s cord blood would have been thrown away.
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How Much Does it Cost:
Prices for private banking are about $2000 for the initial delivery and processing, plus a yearly storage fee of about $125. The company my family banked with, ViaCord, offers payment plans as low as $74 per month, which is not due until after the birth of your baby. They also offer an online gift registry where you can invite your friends and family to help you pay for this service as a truly unique baby gift — one that lasts a lifetime.
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Who Should I Bank My Baby’s Cord Blood With:
My husband and I chose ViaCord and I cannot recommend them more highly. ViaCord is not just a cord blood bank, they are the recognized industry leaders in cord blood stem cell research. ViaCord’s scientific expertise is an important benefit to your family and ours. They use the highest standards throughout the cord blood’s collection, processing and storage so that if it is ever needed for transplant, it will be of the highest quality. ViaCord co-developed an exclusive FDA-approved cord blood collection bag, the ONLY FDA-approved cord blood collection bag available in the industry. ViaCord’s FDA-approved cord blood collection bag is suitable for use in a sterile field, which is important because over 30% of babies are delivered by planned or unplanned cesarean sections. ViaCord has a proven history of delivering safe and effective units for transplant. From the first moment we called them, until the private courier came to my bedside to pick up the cord blood, and with every regular contact since, I have only been impressed. They have well exceeded my expectations. ViaCord does not require an upfront deposit to enroll and they have many different payment plans… some starting as low as $51 per month. They also offer a wonderful Baby Registry program where your friends and family can go online to contribute towards the costs and give a truly unique baby gift that will last a lifetime.
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