There is no doubt about it. A child changes you immeasurably as a human being. Where once before the only person you truly had to worry about was yourself, suddenly the baton passes and increases tenfold.
Having a baby is the most precious gift. But the worry that comes with raising a child is never-ending.
I’m now the mother of a four-year old, and an 8 month old. And from the moment I conceived my first child I have been in a perpetual state of cautiousness in terms of health over my offspring.
Only last night we were taken by ambulance to the children’s emergency department after my daughter couldn’t control a fever and a rash covered her body head to toe. Thankfully it’s nothing to be worried about. But the awful thoughts that fill your mind from the fear that it could be something worse eat you up inside.
I would do absolutely anything and everything possible to protect my kids.
But the one thing I forgot to do was collect their stem cells at birth.
I can’t go back and re write history.
But I can inform you of the potential life saving attributes cord blood can provide to your child if you are currently pregnant or looking to conceive in the future.
Why didn’t I do it? If I’m honest there’s not a whole lot of information out there unless you specifically look for it by going directly to a website such as Stem Cell Fairy. And so it bypassed me. It was never something that featured as a possibility because I forgot it was one- even though I know of the importance of stem cell research.
So I write this post today to hopefully remind some of you to look further into how stem cell collection could provide a form of insurance for your unborn child’s health.
To date over 85 different diseases can be treated using the cells found in umbilical cord blood. These include various forms of leukaemia, bone marrow cancer, sickle-cell anaemia, solid tumours, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and more.
We don’t want to think our children will be one of those that’ll fall victim to such life altering illnesses. It’s something we don’t want to associate with children who are born fragile and innocent. But for some families it’s their reality.
And you’ll never know which families these diseases will target.
Stem Cell Fairy have a great infographic which explains the process further:
As you can see the process of collecting the stem cells is simple, non invasive and doesn’t affect the mother or the baby and its taken from what would otherwise be discarded waste.
Price wise I think it comes down to individual families, but relatively speaking I think it’s a cost that could easily be spread out and contributed towards by family members and friends looking to celebrate the new arrival. Rather than receiving material gifts, the gift of health is one that can’t be underestimated.