A Gift that Lasts Beyond the Holidays

This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry, CBR®. All opinions are my own.

One day, while sitting in my doctor's office, my husband and I came across a Cord Blood Registry (CBR) pamphlet. Prior to then, we had not given the process of preserving our baby's cord blood stem cells and cord tissue much thought.

We did some research and decided it was the right decision for us. In fact, the collection of the baby's cord blood and cord tissue was the only thing we could definitively plan for happening at labor and delivery.1 Even, and hopefully, if we never have to use the cord blood or tissue, which contain powerful stem cells, we have peace of mind knowing it's preserved. We figured it was a gift our family would cherish. And, we do.

Preserved newborn stem cells are a perfect match to your child, and may even be a match for siblings or parents, providing the ability to use the cells for potential future uses depending on the condition and other factors.  In addition, cord blood may be used as a treatment option in a stem cell transplant, including treatments for various cancers, and blood, immune, and metabolic disorders.2

We decided to use CBR after speaking with my doctor. We had trust in CBR because they were the oldest and leading newborn stem cell preservation company, and felt secure knowing that the laboratory and storage facility is located in the dry, sunny climate of Tucson, Arizona.

We thought the process was easy, too. There are 5 simple steps to get setup with CBR:
1. Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call us at 1-888-240-1996
2. CBR ships you a collection kit
3. Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day.
4. Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional.
5. Relax. CBR handles the rest and will let you know when they receive the cord blood and cord tissue.

This would make a great gift for a loved one this holiday season. It's a meaningful gift that lasts past the holidays. In fact, we are planning to preserve our future baby's stem cells, as well!

1. National Cord Blood Program website. http://www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org/qa/what_is_treated.html. Accessed February 2, 2016. 
2. Butler MG, Menitove JE. Umbilical cord blood banking: an update. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2011;28:669-676. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21617932)

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