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People nowadays are more aware of the latest developments in science and technology and more and more people are taking Umbilical cord banking seriously.

What is Umbilical Cord Banking or Stem Cell Banking?

Umbilical Cord Banking is simply the preservation of the cord blood. Cord Blood is the blood which is found in Umbilical Cord of the baby. The umbilical cord is commonly known as the birth cord or the funiculus umbilicalis. It connects the developing embryo to the placenta. After a baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, some blood remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and the portion of the umbilical cord that remains attached to it. The blood in the umbilical cord is rich in stem cells. The stem cell is vital in the regeneration of white blood cells.

Benefits of Umbilical Cord Banking

The stem cells have the potential to fight and cure many life-threatening diseases. While bone marrow can supply stem cells, the quality and quantity is much better in the umbilical cord. What’s best with cord blood is that it does not have to match the child’s tissue type as closely as bone marrow does. And so the chance of being a match and saving someone’s life is even greater. A person does not have to depend on others for donation if he has his own stem cells preserved. In cases of emergency, the cord blood you had preserved for him will be able to save him at this hour of need.

Some diseases which can be cured by cord blood stem cells are Leukemia, Plasma Cell Disorders, Stem Cell Disorders, Congenital (Inherited) Immune System Disorder, Inherited Erythrocyte Abnormalities, Inherited Platelet Abnormalities, Ovarian Cancer etc.

If there has been history of some particular disease or genetic disease in the family, then it becomes necessary for the expected parents to plan for Umbilical Cord Banking of their child. In case any kind of disease appears in your child, at any point of life your child will always have a health insurance in the form of his cord blood cells.

I’ve got to find some personalized baby gift ideas because next month i’ll be attending a baby shower for my cousin. Her baby is super special because it took  almost five years before she conceived. The whole family have prayed for her and we are happy that finally God has answered and blessed them with a child. Everybody is really excited.

Since the baby is special to us we want to give her a special gift as well. For me a giving her a personalized gift is a good idea. I might consider giving her an embroidered burp cloths and bibs, and baby blankets but i’m still thinking on how to make them more unique. How about you do you have any unique ideas? Please feel free to share them. ^_^

I just want to share that last summer we had our bathroom renovated. We extend a little more space to make it bigger. We changed the floor and wall tiles. We also bought new bathroom fixtures. Since the space is wider now I can even place a bath tub in it. Actually if I will have an extra money I would like to buy a clawfoot tub, it is very suitable for our bathroom’s extra space. And there’s no need for any construction, upon purchase it is ready to use. Below is a sample of a clawfoot tub.

clawfoot tub

clawfoot tubs also have other advantages compared to normal bathtubs. These tubs are deeper enable you to delight in the many added benefits of soaking devoid of getting cramps. It will also add style to your bathroom.