Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is a service that keeps cord blood frozen in a cryogenic tank for future use if the infant develops an illness that can be treated with the stem cells within the sample. It is collected at the time of birth and can be kept for use well past their 18th birthday. This service is not free but a cord blood registry coupon can reduce the costs considerably.
Cord blood refers to the leftover blood in the umbilical cord following the birth of the child. It has high amounts of stem cells that can be preserved and used in future medical treatment. If it is not collected at the time of birth it is disposed of with the afterbirth.
Collecting it is safe for both the mother and child. It can be done after any delivery method. After the cord has been clamped and cut from the child the blood leftover in the cord is emptied into a collection bag. This collection bag is then preserved until it goes into storage.
The next step in the process is transportation from the hospital to a long term storage facility by express courier. Once it arrives at the facility it is processed and put into a cryogenic tank for long term storage. It will remain there until it is requested by the family or child.
Stem cells can be used in a number of medical treatments for cancers such as acute leukemia, high risk solid tumors, myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic leukemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It can also treat a number of blood disorders including severe aplastic anemia, diamond blackfan anemia, Fanconi anemia and sickle cell disease. There are also a number of immune disorders like hystiocytic disorders, chronic Granulomatous disease, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases, leukocyte adhesion deficiency and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome that can also be treated. They can even treat some metabolic disorders like Krabbe disease, hurler syndrome, metachromatic leukodystrophy and sanfilippo syndrome. Parents with a family history of any of these illnesses should consider banking the blood.
When parents look at all the treatments already developed by using stem cells and think about all the current research in the area banking their child’s cord blood seems like the practical thing to do. The monthly cost associated with the process are often less than the cable bill. Many client’s can also sign up for coupons to lower the financial burden. These usually come in an e mail that contains a promotional code. The code can be entered when parents sign up for the service.
Those interested in receiving a coupon from CBR can go to their website and sign up for one using their e mail. Or call them at their tool free number. Once enrolled, at no cost, CBR will send them a free collection kit to take with them to the hospital during delivery. The kit will contain all the information needed to arrange pick up and storage procedures.
Banking is a decision every expectant parent has to consider. It is a once in a lifetime chance to keep those precious stem cells that can be vital to the future health of the child. If finances are an issue consider the offered coupon and ask family to come together and purchase the service as a gift. It will last a lot longer than a new stroller will.