Monday, November 25, 2013

Cord Blood Banking & Britax Car Seat Giveaway!

I blogged about cord blood banking a few months ago (here) and am back today with another follow up post to tell you about our experience and to re-emphasize the importance of cord blood banking. 
We had a really, really good great experience using LifeBank USA to donate Blair's cord blood and will hopefully be using them again to store for ourselves with future baby Bauman #3. (We donated for both Landon and for Blair, but banking any baby's cord blood can be utilized on any blood relative, not just that one child). LifeBank was awesome to work with, we got our request and paperwork processed right away (before our extremely approaching cut off date), and the process at the hospital to donate the kit was super quick and easy. All I had to do was bring the cord blood kit box in with me to the delivery room, and the nurses took over with all the instructions from LifeBank. Basically all they had to do was take 4 vials of blood from me, check off a few administrative notes, package up the tissue, placenta, & cord blood after delivery, and all I had to do was call LifeBank within 2 hours of her birth to have a representative come pick up the box. I was a little stressed out about the whole process beforehand but everything turned out to be very simple and uncomplicated and very easy on me.
If you don't know anything about it, there are soo many reasons to preserve your baby's cord blood, or otherwise donate it. Through cord blood banking, you can collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells, and doing so could one day save the life of your child or a blood relative. The ability of stem cells to save lives via cord blood banking has proved successful for replacing abnormal or diseased cells, and treating life-threatening blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. In fact, 1,988 stem cell transplants have been used to treat some 80 diseases.
You can bank even more stem cells by collecting them from 2 usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. This service is called Placental and Cord Blood Banking and it is available only through LifeBank USA. Whether you choose Placental and Cord Blood Banking or Cord Blood Banking alone, there are still many other reasons to choose LifeBank: LifeBank is the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood, and tissue banking, and they are also the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant. They have been absolutely wonderful to work with and they will collect cells from anywhere in the US. Another reason to bank with LifeBank? They include tissue banking (tissue from the placenta) for free. Placental tissue contains mesenchymal (MSCs) and MSC-like cells. While stem cells found in cord blood and placenta blood have been used to successfully treat patients, there are currently no approved uses for stem cells derived from the umbilical cord or placenta tissue. Possible therapeutic applications are in early research stages and LifeBankUSA's parent company is actively involved in their development. LifeBankUSA will store the placenta tissue for you as part of their banking package using their cryogenic tanks for long-term preservation. In the event your baby's tissue cells are ever needed for future therapies, the tissue may then be processed and cultured using available technology at the time. Banking with LifeBankUSA will definitely give you peace of mind, knowing that this stem cell-rich blood can be used to treat certain diseases in the future.
Along with peace of mind, LifebankUSA is also now giving away THREE top rated, Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seats in a random drawing. The value of the car seat is $231.99 each.  To enter this contest all you have to do is simply "like" LifeBankUSA on facebook. Good luck!!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your good post, I have a baby, so I find a baby car seat, recently I saw some baby car seat, and i see it, but I am confused it's fixed price and how to buy it, basically I find best discount deals. Please share me.
    thanks eimons


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