Parents worry a lot about their child’s future. Understandably, they want their kids to be healthy, happy and cared for. When couples are expecting their first baby, they often take time to prepare for scenarios which they hope they never have to face, but they know they should have a plan for, just in case. Parents draw up their wills and discuss who should care for the child in the event that they are unable. They purchase a life insurance policy to ensure that the child will be financially stable if anything were to happen to them.
In much the same way, parents should consider their child’s future health. By planning ahead, they can store the stem cells from the baby’s umbilical cord blood that can be used for treatment of illness if the child ever needs it. Diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia and immune disorders can be treated with a stem cell transplant from cord blood. More research is being tested every day to increase the list of 80 conditions and diseases that already are being successfully treated. Banking your baby’s cord blood is like an extra insurance policy you hope you’ll never have to cash.