Happy Bank Holiday everyone! I usually don’t blog on Bank Holidays but as I’m now due in 2 weeks and 2 days and still have a lot to share, I’ve decided to do so.
I don’t know how many of you have heard of umbilical cord blood banking but it is something rather new that has been promoted in tabloids by celebrities and generally by ‘posh’ mums. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following the birth of your baby. It is rich in blood stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow, and these can be used to treat many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
I have been going back and forth in my head about whether I need it. I have also contacted my doctor to see what she thought and she said that if me or my husband don’t have a history of genetic diseases or cancers then I probably shouldn’t do it. My husband does have leukemia in his family (just one person), however that is all he has and it is not hereditary. Cancer is also something that can happen to any of us, at any time.
The collection itself is not cheap, around 2k (this includes the person who would come and collect it-phlebotomist, as most Obstetricians don’t have a licence to do it), with storage being approximately about 50 pounds annually. The diseases that stem-cell banking promises to cure are cancers of the blood, bone marrow failures, blood disorders, immune system deficiencies and metabolic disorders, amongst the many others it can potentially cure.
Therefore, this is very much a personal choice, and although most of us don’t have ‘spare cash’ lying around, it is very similar to health insurance or home insurance and thus needs to be considered. I have finally decided that I will go ahead with the banking as I never had any type of insurance in my life, but as this can cure not just the baby but also let’s say husband, mother, sibling- it seems more of an elaborate and useful insurance. This is all folks for today- let me know your thoughts, God bless xx