July is Cord Blood Awareness Month. When I was pregnant with my girls I first heard about banking a babies cord blood. Cord Blood has many medical benefits that can be used to help a child later on in life. Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells, which have been used in transplant medicine to treat many life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers. It is amazing how advanced science has become and how cord blood stem cells have been linked to many successful cures. If you have an opportunity to bank your babies cord blood, why not? Sure, you may not think you need it now, but your child may be able to use it in the future.
One factor that hinders some families for banking their child’s cord blood is the cost. Many families don’t see a direct need for it so it is hard for them to decide to drop about $2,000 for something they may never use. However, cord blood may be able to help a sibling as well.
I decided to bank my daughters cord blood. You can read about my experience in my post “Cord Blood Banking: Why I Did It.” The process is fairly simple and doctors and hospitals are usually compliant. The is a delivery carrier who comes to your hospital to pick up the specimen in secure packaging and transport it to the Cord Blood Bank where it will stay frozen until you request it.
If you are pregnant or know someone who is and they are interested in banking their child’s cord blood for free, ViaCord has a sweepstakes taking place until August 31, 2012. Only one winner will be chosen many expecting moms who enter. The prize is valued at $2,250.
Win Free Cord Blood Banking
To enter for your chance to win simply ‘Like’ ViaCord’s Facebook page and take a one-question survey. You can even gain an additional entry by sharing the survey with your friends on Twitter! The cord blood banking prize includes ViaCord’s cord blood collection kit, shipping and processing of the cord blood, and the first year storage for a single birth.
Feel free to learn more about ViaCord’s sweepstakes and their private cord blood bank.
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“This is not a sponsored post” Thanks MoorefromKatie for telling me about ViaCord’s Sweepstakes.