Years ago, I had the power in my hands to protect my baby and my family from future diseases and illnesses.
Uninformed that I was, I squandered that opportunity, not just once but twice! Can you believe that?
I hope you won’t make the same mistake as I did by not choosing to save your baby’s cord blood so I’m giving you this Cord Blood Banking guide.
The Umbilical Cord
The umbilical cord is the connecting cord from the developing embryo/fetus to the placenta, allowing blood to carry oxygen and nutrition to the baby inside the womb. Once the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is cut and normally discarded as medical waste. That is, until researchers discovered its medical potential.
Why Should I Save My Baby’s Cord Blood?
Cord blood is a rich source of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs). These Stem Cells may be used to treat diseases like cancers and blood disorders. A recent study reported that as many as 1 in 217 individuals may need a stem cell transplant in their lifetime.
What are Stem Cells?
Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) found in cord blood are responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system. These are known as precursor cells as they have the unique ability to change into the different types of cells found in the body, namely:
- Red Blood Cells – transport Oxygen
- White Blood Cells – produce antibodies ad fight infections
- Platelets – assist in blood clotting
Who will be able to Use My Baby’s Cord Blood?
- Your baby’s stem cells are a perfect match for him/her and have a higher chance of match with siblings and first degree family members.
Until When can Cord Blood be Stored?
- Under cryogenic temperatures below -150C, stem cells can be stored up to 1,000 years and still remain viable for future treatment.
Where Can I Have this Done?
- With 15-years of quality service in cord blood banking, Cordlife is a good choice. Publicly listed and highly accredited, Cordlife offers the total stem cell banking solution and to date, has released over 250 cord blood units to their clients worldwide. They have storage facilities in the Philippines (UP AyalaLand Technohub), Singapore, and Hong Kong.
How is Cord Blood Banking Done?
How Soon Should I Enrol?
You can enrol anytime during your pregnancy. Do remember that if you are due within the next 4 – 6 weeks, it is strongly recommended that you to enrol immediately to ensure that all the necessary steps are completed before your baby’s arrival.
You may contact their 24-Hour Hotline (02) 710-9195 or 332-1888 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
How much is it?
Cordlife offers flexible payment terms that you can choose to fit your budget. They also offer 0% monthly instalment on the one-time upfront fee. Afterwhich, it’s P8000 per year, or just P21~ per day!
For more information, you can visit Cordlife’s website.