Real Moms, Real Opinions. Here at Hollywood Hot Moms, we’ve had some lively discussions about a very important pregnancy topic: umbilical cord blood banking . To explain in case you are not aware, cord blood is the blood that remains in your newborn’s umbilical cord after birth. It contains valuable stem cells that can be used in a variety of medical treatments for diseases like leukemia and sickle cell anemia. These cells are also being researched for their ability to treat conditions that have no cure, like autism and cerebral palsy !
Whether she banked for her children, donated the cord blood to a public bank, or opted to throw them out, every mom seems to have something to say on the subject.
To keep the cord blood conversation going, and because of ongoing interest from expecting moms, we asked some popular mom bloggers how cord blood banking played into their birth plans.
The creator of MomAngeles Laura Nix Gerson chose to bank her child’s cord blood at the recommendation of her doctor. “I know that stem cells can be helpful in regenerative medicine and aiding in the treatment of life-threatening diseases. We like having the insurance of banking our child’s cord blood, just in case there is ever a need for it.” She decided on Cord Blood Registry as her bank of choice through a friend. “CBR has been great,” she said.
Yolanda the owner of Sassy Mama In LA, had a much different experience getting information about cord blood banking with the birth of her daughter. “My doctor didn’t say anything about [cord blood banking],” she said. When it came to making a decision on her own, Yolanda didn’t feel she knew enough about it to make an informed choice. “Now that I’m more informed, I wish I had been able to do it.” Yolanda said a lot of her friends with children around the same age say, “If we had known, we would have banked.”
Desiree Eaglin from Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest tells all her pregnant friends about cord blood banking, even though she wasn’t able to do it for her children. “Never once with any of my three children did my Ob/Gyn bring up cord blood banking!” Desiree thinks, “a majority of people don’t fully understand cord blood banking.”
And today, after learning the health benefits of storing newborn stem cells? “I would definitely bank today. I think the benefits and security of knowing there are possible cures is worth having. Now I just have to convince my husband to have a fourth child …” Good luck, Desiree!
If you’re expecting, make sure you don’t have any regrets and get informed about cord blood banking. We recommend the educational site CordBankingBasics.com for information about saving for donating.