I recently had my 4th child in April and started to do research on cord blood banking. I was amazed on how far technology has come with stem cells. With this being my last baby, I owed to myself and my family to do more research. I personally decided to bank Caleb's cord blood as a insurance policy for my family. I learned so much about ViaCord, I decided to become part of the Parent Educator Network. As a PEN mom, I go out and educate other pregnant couples on cord blood banking. Every expectant parent needs to do their own research and see if it is right for them.

Here are a few things you should consider when doing your research:
1. How long has the company been in business?
2. Do they do their own research?
3. Where are the samples stored?
4. Cost?
5. How likely is there a match?

From my own personal experience, I have learned that ViaCord has been in business for over 15 years. They do their own research as well as store the cord blood. The storage facility is not located in a state or area that is prone to earthquakes or hurricanes. No money is due up front. There is 5 or 6 different payment plans as low as $50 per month. The baby is a 100% match for their own cord blood, up to a 75% match between siblings and up to a 50% change match between parents and baby.

For the moms who are still wondering what is this lady talking about, I have posted some of the common question and answers directly from ViaCord's literature. If you are interested in receiving more information, you can visit www.BabyNMaternity.com and request a FREE literature packet.

What's so special about your newborn's cord blood?

Your baby's umbilical cord blood is a valuable source of non-controversial stem cells. Cord blood stem cells, like bone marrow stem cells, are free of political and ethical debate. The benefits of cord blood stem cells are clear-cord blood has already saved thousands of lives and medical researchers are now exploring potential new uses for conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Today, cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment of over 70 life-threatening diseases. Cord blood is a guaranteed match for the baby and may also provide potential treatment for other family members as well. We encourage you to learn more about the potential of cord blood and make an informed healthcare decision for your family.

The future of cord blood stem cells.

In addition to the 40-plus diseases already being tested, researchers are now looking to see whether cord blood stem cells have the potential to treat common conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Viacord's scientists have identified a stem cell in cord blood (the Unrestricted Somatic Stem Cell or USSC) that has demonstrated impoved cardiac function following a heart attack in pre-clinical studies.

Viacord scientists are also developing proprietarty technologies to multiply (expand) teh stem cells in a single cord blood unit so taht a particular unit could potentially be used to treat several family members. if succuessfully developed, expansion technologies coudl in the future add tremendous value to your baby's cord blood unit.

Research into the expansion of stem cells and the ability of stem cells to treast additional diseases, including heart disease, is experimental. This is not assurance that this reasearch will be successful. All information provided above is reference in Viacord's literature.

What is the likelihood of ever using your baby's cord blood?

It has been reported that the likelihood of requiring a stem cell transplant using either your own or a sibling's stem cells is 1 in 220. To put this in perspective, over 18,000 babies born this year will require a stem cell transplant within their lifetime. (Source: Parents Guide to cord blood (www.parentsguidecordblood.com/content/usa/medical/medmotiv.shtml).
Cord blood will not be the stem cell source for all these transplants, however, thousands of cord blood transplants have been performed in the past few years and that number is anticipated to grow. Also, these numbers do not factor in any future advances like treating heart disease and diabetes.

All information is quoted directly from Viacord's literatures.

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