What is Cord Blood?Umbilical cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of a child. This blood provided nourishment for the baby during pregnancy, but once the baby is delivered, umbilical cord blood is no longer necessary.
Umbilical cord blood is rich in multipotent hematopoietic "stem cells" (or blood stem cells). These cord blood stem cells produce the cellular ingredients necessary for the blood and the immune system. When the umbilical cord blood cells are transplanted into patients, they can help restore the immune and blood systems to help fight diseases and replace diseased blood.
Collecting your child's umbilical cord blood and saving it in a cord blood bank provides you with insurance in case your child develops any of the illnesses where cord blood is used in treatment.
Is Cord Blood controversial?
They are not taken from an embryo, but rather from an umbilical cord (which is generally discarded) after a baby's birth. There is no controversy about collecting and storing cord blood stem cells because the cord blood would otherwise be medical waste.
Although, to date, cord blood treatments have only been used to treat blood diseases, there has been extensive medical evidence that, under the right circumstances, cord blood treatments using stems cells could be used to treat a much broader range of diseases. The beauty of using stem cells harvested from cord blood rather than embryos is that there is no stem cell controversy.
To be honest, I wish we had the money (it can be very expensive) to do this with our girls when they were born. You just never know what could happen…and it would be nice knowing that we had their cord blood in storage in case they ever had a type of cancer, heart disease, etc. There are so many things that research can someday use cord blood for and maybe someday you or your family could need this life saving blood. Please consider looking into this company, and compare what you find to make the right decision for your family.
Just want to note…
You can only look into doing this if you are currently pregnant, or will someday be pregnant - which may limit how many people sign up to win this giveaway. If you know someone who is pregnant, and/or someone who is looking into cord blood banking then you may want to enter the giveaway (see details below).
Check out the story of Baby John: http://www.mazecordblood.com/video/index.html
To learn more about MAZE Cord Blood Laboratories and the importance of banking cord blood see: http://www.mazecordblood.com. MAZE is an affordably private cord blood bank with nationwide delivery and has no additional yearly storage charges. Compare the prices of leading cord blood banks: http://www.mazecordblood.com/cordblood-bank-comparison.htm
Now for the Giveaway:
I have 2 $100 coupons for my readers! You will have a total of 6 ways to enter! Please read the details below carefully so that you can win!
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This giveaway will end on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM! Thank you for entering and GOOD LUCK!!! I look forward to reading all the comments :)