It’s not all about pushchairs you know

As a mother prepares for the birth of her child, traditionally fathers are often left with little to do but paint the nursery and wait nine months to meet the new addition to the family.

However these days, the modern day father is blessed with the all important role of spending hours on the internet and researching baby equipment with the prized possession seemingly being the pushchair … should I go with disc brakes? Or no disc brakes? How many height settings do I need? Will I be jogging with it? … Probably not, but I do like the idea of telling other people about that.

Of course once when the baby finally arrives the new fathers all tend to gather in the local park or outside the coffee shop to show off their equivalents of brand new cars with, it has to be said, carefully wrapped babies inside.

However when it comes to the latest ‘must have things for the baby’, it’s not just about state of the art pushchairs, iPad baby monitor apps and car seats that only the heir to British throne can work out, there is a new, more carefully considered purchase that ultimately could be the best thing that you ever buy for your baby … private, cord blood banking.

It may not sound glamorous without its disc brakes or availability in pink or baby blue but the truth is, potentially it’s a lifesaver for the most precious thing … your baby.

Cord Blood Storage is clearly a unique opportunity to give your child some of the most important help that he or she could ever need at some point in the future. For over 20 years now parents have been banking cord blood by either donating to a public cord blood bank or saving it for their own family’s use in a private cord blood storage facility.

The way it works is that when a baby is born there’s a once in a life time opportunity to save the baby’s umbilical cord blood. The blood in the umbilical cord and placenta contains stem cells that could potentially be used for the treatment of that child or another member of the family.

Collecting umbilical cord blood is a simple, safe, and painless procedure that usually takes less than five minutes and is done immediately after birth. Once the stem cells have been collected they are cryogenically frozen and can currently be stored for at least 25 years. Privately banking your baby’s cord blood stem cells ensures that if your baby or a family member ever needs them, they are immediately available for their use only.

These Stem Cells could potentially be used in the medical treatment of the owner or another member of their family. Stem cell science has developed hugely in the last twenty years and continues to develop internationally at a dramatic rate. Currently stem cells can be used to treat conditions such as Anaemia, Immune System disorders and even various cancers including Leukaemia. A more detailed list with an explanation of stages of treatment can be viewed here.

All Cord Blood and Human Tissue storage banks are regulated and must hold a licence issued by the Human Tissue Authority as a minimum. You can be confident that Biovault Family’s cord blood storage facility processes and stores your baby’s cord blood stem cells to the highest standards in a secure environment. You can also be assured that they are looked after by staff that care as much for your baby’s sample as you do.

Biovault Family is the UK’s leading cord blood and tissue bank.  Working with both private hospitals and the NHS, we have released over 3500 samples for transplantation.

So, as expectant parents don’t be fooled in to thinking that the latest must have gadget is what it’s all about. The priority is, and always will be, the health and wellbeing of your child. We’re not saying don’t buy a great pushchair, we’re just saying think about what you can do to potentially preserve the future for your child.

The Biovault Family website has a rich source of information, not only on the company but the industry as a whole. For more information, click here