"When I had Emma, back in 1983, scientists had yet to recognize the untapped, lifesaving potential in every baby's cord blood — so it was thrown away. Fast forward to today — and Emma's first delivery — when her baby's stem cells will be harvested and saved. Amazing!"
Heidi Murkoff literally wrote the book on pregnancy – her bestselling book series that began with "What to Expect When You're Expecting" has sold more than 34 million copies in the U.S. alone. The idea for "What to Expect..." came to her during her pregnancy with daughter Emma (above), when she was frustrated by the lack of helpful advice available for expectant parents.
Now, Emma has given birth to her first child and she and her mom have learned about cord blood banking and how Cord Blood Registry® is different from other family banks. "Emma and I didn't know what to expect when we visited CBR's laboratory – but we were amazed by what we discovered...and are excited to share what we learned with our WhatToExpect.com moms and dads. The best part of our CBR visit, of course, was seeing where Emma's baby's cord blood will be banked. Incredible getting a peek inside, and to get an up-close look at the science that goes into storing each sample of cells."
Reasons to Save Your Baby’s Stem Cells
"As far as cord blood stem cell science has come, it's mind-boggling to think of the potential still to come. Cord blood stem cells are already being used to treat many life-threatening diseases, from leukemia and certain other cancers, to blood, immune, and metabolic disorders. Current research is promising that there may be even more uses in the future. Cord blood is a major medical resource of newborn stem cells that every baby comes equipped with, and every family should consider their options."
~ Heidi Murkoff, author of the best-selling book What to Expect When You're Expecting