As a longtime nurse, Stela Naco has always been exposed to the fascinations of the medical world. But after a visit to her OBGYN, she was introduced to cord blood banking which would ultimately help protect baby’s future.
Americord recently sat down with Stela to ask her a few questions about why she decided to bank baby's cord blood:
Where did you first learn about cord blood banking? And what got you interested in learning more about cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta tissue banking?
As a nurse, I was familiar with cord blood banking but it wasn't until I was pregnant that I started looking more into it and learning more about it. My doctor, Robert Feldman, brought up the subject of cord blood banking in one of my monthly appointments. He asked me if I had thought about it and gave me some good reasons why I should seriously consider it. It was then that I started doing more research and looking at some different companies that offer this type of service.
Why did you ultimately decide to do cord blood and cord tissue banking?
After doing my research and learning all the wonderful benefits of cord blood banking, it was hard to pass up. Though my husband and I are fairly healthy and have not had any serious health complications so far, cancer does run in our family, as does diabetes and high blood pressure. With cord blood banking, we know that our child has a fair chance to fight all these things. As a parent you want to provide the best for your children. Cord blood banking is a chance at a healthy life should any complications ever arise. Though the research is still in development and not all diseases are curable by this method, there is no telling what will be discovered in 10-20 years from now. We have to understand how advanced healthcare is now to understand the capability of the future tomorrow.
While conducting your research, did you find that many pregnancy resources spoke about the importance of cord blood banking? Did any other expectant families know about it?
In my research, I looked for scientific articles that explained how cord blood banking works and what the benefits were. In addition, I searched for blogs where parents expressed their thoughts and feelings about it as well as for people who had decided to participate in cord blood banking and if they had ever had the need to use their collected stem cells and what their outcome was. Ultimately, I read nothing but great reviews. I even read about people who had donated their cord blood tissue and went to find out how people who received donated stem cells were saved! It is truly incredible. I think every family should do this for their children and if they can't afford it, I seriously recommend donation as we know it can save someone's life in the future.
What was your experience like inside the delivery/labor room?
While pregnant, I heard nothing but horror stories about the delivery process. I was not looking forward to giving birth but with the help of my doctor and excellent L/D team, I had the perfect delivery experience. I was induced at 38 weeks due to some minor complications, so I had some time to mentally prepare for the birthing experience. I was induced at 9 am and by 1 pm I was pushing. Fifty minutes later, my son was born, and both he and I were happy and healthy. My doctor proceeded to collect the cord blood tissue, the nurse cleaned me up and my baby and shortly after, I was in my recovery suite with my brand new son in my arms. It was truly a smooth and wonderful experience. It couldn't have gone any better. I didn't feel any pain and it was super quick!
Why did you choose Americord?
Choosing the right company to store my stem cells was incredibly important. There are so many cord blood tissue banking companies out there, you really have to do your research. Choosing Americord was an easy decision though. First of all, the customer service was excellent. When I called Americord to inquire more information, I spoke with Jas who was such a pleasure to talk to. I never felt like she was trying to sell me, unlike some other companies, and she was extremely informative. I was comfortable talking to her and she answered all my questions. Second, even though Americord is one of the newer cord blood banking companies, I learned that the founding doctor who discovered stem cell research and cord blood banking, was working for Americord which reassured me that they knew what they were doing. Also, Americord is currently using top of the line equipment in this line of work. Last and not least, Americord is the most affordable!!! Without any reservation, I believe I chose a great company to store my stem cells. From wonderful customer service to a bargain of a price, you just can't go wrong with Americord!
Stela made an important decision and is confident that it will pay off. We at Americord are elated to have her join our family. Are you ready to join the Americord family?