August 20, 2017

31week bumpdate and Core Blood review

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So for my 31 week bumpdate I thought I would include my experience with storing baby’s core blood. This isn’t sponsored just our personal journey with core blood. 

31 weeks…
Not long now. I feel like the nesting has definately began! I am ready. All I need to do is actually pack the bags, do some washing and we are ready to go. I feel like I had a huge growth spurt in my first and second trimester but then have stopped a bit now. I have definately put on so much more weight than I did with Hunter, as I was only bump with him, but I have put weight on all over during this pregnancy. But hopefully it has slowed down, for now anyway 😬 The car seats are in both cars now! Hunter loves his new seat. He was always terrible in the car but fingers crossed he has been awesome so far with this new seat!!! Sunday, I am off for a spa day with the girls. Three of my friends are pregnant too, so looking forward to a day of pampering, relaxation and talking all things baby! 

Reading over my last bumpdate at 28 weeks – not too much has changed. Other than the cramping in right leg is 24/7 now. Loads of shortness of breath/racing heart. Dizziness. The weight gain has plateaued! But I’ve started loosing my hair already! 😢

My last post I wrote about what I am currently researching…here is an update! 

CURRENTLY RESEARCHING…. 
*what to put bubba in during the day (when he isn’t napping or tummy time). I used a bouncer with H but not till 3 months. I want to put him in something earlier. Looking at the Nuna Leaf or Mamaroo at the moment. – still haven’t decided yet! Thinking of waiting till baby gets here and see how he goes in the SNOO. I don’t want to add too many different things. He might be fine just in a bouncer without noise or rocking. But still thinking on this one! Any suggestions would love to hear them! 
*my low blood pressure and having the epidural (nearly wasn’t allowed to have it with H). – So I spoke to my OB about it. He said the full blood count was ordered to check my platelet levels. If they are too low, can’t have an epidural or spinal tap (for csection) either as your blood won’t clot and you can either bleed to death or become paralysed. This is why it is so important they check blood pressure throughout your pregnancy. Mine was perfect throughout my pregnancy (both actually), he said the stress of labour can give false readings for your blood pressure so that is why they check to make sure! 

CORE BLOOD
We decided to store Hunter’s core blood and will do the same with baby number 2 (and any other babies we are blessed with). We stored it with Cell Care Australia but there are a few companies you can go with. We can came across it at an expo but then heard more about it from a midwife at our hospital. I have had Lyme Disease and was chronically ill for 20 years, so most of my life. It took doctors 20 years to diagnose me. Core blood can only be collected at birth. Knowing what I went through and my parents, if we had this option, my illness could of been treated a lot sooner. Health is a number priority for my family. Therefore, hopefully we will never have to use it for our children, but if they do get ill, we have this option which can potentially save their lives. As it is done at birth, you can never get this opportunity back again. 

What is it? 
Cord blood and cord tissue are rich in powerful stem cells and can only be collected at birth for potential future use. By saving your baby’s core blood you could potentially save their life. 
Stem cells can be used now for medical treatments, and there is an expanding range of new therapies being researched that anticipate using cord blood and tissue in the future, eg. type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy, cancer and autism.

The benefits?
Cord blood stem cell transfusions are currently being used in place of bone marrow transplants for many life threatening conditions such as blood cancers (e.g. leukaemia), immune system and metabolic disorders. In addition to its relative potency, when used in treatment cord blood stem cells are less likely to cause problems in transplant because of their youth and flexibility. The properties of cord blood cells mean they can more easily integrate into a patient’s body. Worldwide, cord blood has been used in over 30,000 transplants in the treatment of over 80 conditions.
Your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells are a perfect match for your child, and are more likely to be a match for siblings and family members.
In addition to the 80 treatable conditions today, there is a vast and expanding range of new therapies being researched that anticipate using cord blood and tissue in the future; e.g. type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury.

What is the process? 
There is only one chance to collect and store your baby’s cord blood and tissue stem cells – at birth. The collection process is quick and painless for both mother and baby, and is performed by a trained Cell Care collector, obstetrician or midwife.
 (The following process is for Cell Care Australia. Different companies may have different processes)

  1. Register online and fill out the medical questionnaire and pay $150 for your kit
  2. A Cell Care member will call you or email you to confirm and go over your medical history 
  3. 34 weeks – your kit (small box) will be sent to your address. I just kept mine next to my hospital bag
  4. When you go into labour, get someone to call their 24hour number (they were so helpful). They will guide you through each step. Basically whoever is your support person will keep them up to date (when you are at the hospital / how far along you are / dilated / c section or vaginal etc) they then decide when to send their cell care collector. 
  5. The Midwife or Obstetrician will arrive, they introduce themselves then wait outside the room. For Hunter they waited 6 hours. 
  6. When you have the baby, they step into the room (I don’t even remember them being there it was that quick and non intrusive) your midwife or obsectrian lets them know when it is time to take their sample. 
  7. They place it in your kit and within 24hours someone will pick it up
  8. 2 weeks to pay final payment (if paying in bulk) 
  9. They send you all the information, certificate, collection ID, and what was collected.

What happens after 18 years?
It legally becomes the responsibility of the child. The child has the option to continue to store or donate. You can pay till 25 years (which is what we did). After the storage amount is complete, it is approximately $150 a year.

What is the cost?
It varies depending on storage options, companies and if you get the core blood and tissue. Approximately from $3000 to $4000 for 25 years. You can pay upfront, or instalments. This may seem expensive HOWEVER that works out to be $160 a year! That is only 2 coffees a month! It is a great present for a baby shower gift (everyone chips in rather than getting 3 baths, 25 onesies and 14 toy trucks!) or a beautiful gift from grandparents (both sides!). 

When you think about all the ‘pointless’ money we spend, this is something that can really make a difference and save your child one day. You don’t use it! Great, your child never got ill! You are blessed! So donate it and help someone else in need or it can be used for other family members. The thing is you have the option now, you won’t get this option ever again. 
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!!

XOXO

love + grace

Jo 
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