Melissa C. Koh

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Why Parents Should Save Their Baby’s Cord Blood

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Recently, James, Noah and I visited the Cordlife Flagship Store at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. We wanted to bring Noah to an EyescreenTM check-up and also to enrol baby #2 for Cord blood and Cord lining collection and storage. 

Noah's Eye Check-up

Check-ups, be it for one’s teeth or general health are incredibly important and eyes are no different. Baby’s eyes and eyesight are so precious so we wanted to make sure Noah got his eyes checked. With EyescreenTM, paediatric vision screening can occur from as early as six months old and it is comprehensive and completely painless. No physical contact or dilating eye drops required! A quick and straight forward photoscreening technology is used to access a child’s eye health or to detect any eye problems and thereafter, we will receive a detailed screening report.

Read more about EyescreenTM here.

It was great to get an assessment of Noah’s eye health at an early stage in order to receive useful tips on how to ensure his vision and eyes are well taken care of. 

Cord Blood & Cord Lining

Storing our children’s cord blood and cord lining made sense to us too because (in a nutshell) the stem cells from cord blood and cord lining has lifesaving benefits that can be used to treat diseases.

But what are the benefits?

The blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born has stem cells that can treat some serious and life-threatening diseases. The blood from the umbilical cord can be collected and stored and that’s what many private cord blood banks encourage parents to do, in case their child (or someone else in the family) develops one of those diseases in the future.

Some choose to donate their baby’s cord blood stem cells to a public cord blood bank (which could potentially save someone else’s life) or store it in a private cord bank like what we did, so that our options are open when it comes to medical treatments that our family may need, which may arise in the future. 

Cord blood contains stem cells called Haematopoietic Stem Cells. These stem cells can turn into blood cells such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, and can be used for transplants that can treat diseases such as blood disorders, immune deficiencies, 

metabolic diseases, and many more. Research is revealing more and more ways where cord blood stem cells can save lives. It is precious — almost magical — and absolutely worth keeping. Doing so is completely safe for mother and baby, and doesn’t affect labour or delivery in any way.

Cord lining, on the other hand, contains two other kinds of stem cells called Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Cord Lining Epithelial Stem Cells. These regenerative stem cells are the “infrastructure-forming” building blocks in the human body. They have shown immense potential in aiding the repair of injured tissues and organs, as well as for the treatment of various diseases.

Read more about Cordlife here: 1. About Cord Blood, 2. Why Save Cord Blood, 3. About Cord Lining & 4. Treatable Diseases.

If you too, have decided to keep your child’s cord blood and cord lining, you may ask, is enrolling for just 1 child, enough?

Enrollment

Well, if it’s possible to store each of your children’s cord blood stem cells, it’s advisable to do so as storing all of your children’s cord blood increases the chance of siblings covering each other should the need for a cord blood transplant arise.While financial and health insurance cover the monetary aspect of my children’s health and future, the storage of cord

blood and cord lining is a form of biological insurance which is unique to individual child and can be used for their treatment if the need ever comes up. Chances of finding a cord blood match from the public bank are very slim and we’d much rather have the assurance that our children have this safety net.

After Noah’s eye check-up, I proceeded to register baby #2 for cord blood and cord lining collection and storage.

We placed our trust in Cordlife because of its long-standing experience, accreditation and its investment in stem cell processing technology that is safe, sterile and fully automated. Cordlife is accredited by AABB and FACT-Netcord so we are very assured that our babies’ cord blood is processed properly and stored in safe hands. Furthermore, Cordlife is the exclusive provider of umbilical cord lining storage in Singapore, and is 1 of the only 3 family cord blood banks in the world to be authorised by CellOptima™ to harvest, expand and store Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Cord Lining Epithelial Stem Cells. 

The entire experience at the Cordlife booth from Noah’s eye check-up to the Cordlife enrolment was efficient and fuss-free!

When it comes to the health and well-being of my children, I definitely want to ensure that I give them the best I can. 

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