April 17, 2018
Hey Mama! Congrats on baby on the way! There are so many fun and exciting things ahead for you. But, before baby arrives, there are few things you will want to think about. Believe me! Once baby comes and that sweet, sleepy postpartum haze sets in, you’ll be glad that you talked through these topics with your partner and/or your Doctor before your little one gets here.
I’m not a huge planner, but I do believe in the importance of educating yourself and knowing what you want(or don’t want!) before the time comes! I don’t think that you need to have a laminated sheet of a plan to distribute to every nurse you come in contact with(though, I suppose you can do that if you want. It’s your birth plan!) but it is good to talk through your biggest hopes and dreams for your delivery with your spouse(and Doctor!) and also your plan B. and your plan C. since things are always subject to change.
It’s good to think about all of the possibilities BEFORE you are in them!
Immediate skin to skin? Vaccinations? Delayed bath? Time in the nursery? There are so many things you can choose for your new baby and it is best to talk through them with your partner and doctor before you have to actually make the decision. (You can always change your mind later!)
This was probably the biggest thing that I stressed about before baby #3 was born! I had a plan A, B, and C that was constantly changing and evolving as dates and times changed about baby Finn’s arrival.
Talk to you partner about what you need and want for the children you will be leaving at home when time for the hospital comes!
Girl, get that meal train lined up, the babysitters in place, the paternity leave scheduled, and the pain killers/coffee iv/Netflix queue all ready to go for after baby finally makes their appearance. You will be so thankful you had it all set up before baby actually comes!
Every parent wants the best for their family’s future, and Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is a resource for new parents! Did you know that cord blood banking has been around for more than 20 years? Your baby’s umbilical cord is made of tissue and contains blood, both of which are rich sources of powerful stem cells. By preserving your newborn’s stem cells it may give your child or an immediate family member, depending on the condition and other factors, the opportunity to use this resource for current cord blood therapies. Today, many conditions may be treatable with cord blood as a part of a stem cell transplant, including various cancers and blood, immune and metabolic disorders.*
Your baby and their newborn stem cells are full of potential. Clinical trials using cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are currently looking to reveal ways they may play a role in regenerative medicine. Researchers hope to find new approaches to healing the body using the cells’ natural abilities to help repair and regenerate.
CBR is dedicated to advancing the real life clinical applications of newborn stem cells by partnering with reputable research institutions on FDA-regulated clinical trials, like the recently published autism trial with Sutter Medical Center. The study showed that the use of a child’s own cord blood was safe in children with autism. More research is needed to understand if cord blood may help children with autism. Pretty exciting stuff!
When you enroll with CBR you have access to CBR’s team of Certified Genetic Counselors, who can discuss your family’s medical history as it relates to newborn stem cells, and educate you on your options to preserve them for your family’s future.
CBR believes passionately in the power of healthy families. They have many options to make it affordable for families, including payment plans or even a gift registry option where friends and family can contribute toward the cost of preserving newborn stem cells! They also have the Newborn Possibilities Program® which assists families with a qualifying medical need by covering all costs for preserving their child’s newborn stem cells and storing them for 5 years.
Here are 5 Simple Steps to Get Set Up with CBR:
Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 1-888-240-1996
CBR ships you a collection kit
Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day
Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional
Relax. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
To learn about the latest study, please visit their autism trial page
To learn more about CBR and how it works to get set-up visit www.cordblood.com or watch this video:
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