Last week brought some really exciting news for all expectant Mums and parents of children with cerebral palsy. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute announced a clinical trial investigating cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy. The study is being funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation and Cell Care, Australia’s largest cord blood and tissue bank.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after birth. It is the most common physical disability in childhood.
It is estimated that every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy and there are approximately 34,000 Australians living with the condition.
So why are they using cord blood? Cord blood contains a diverse mixture of cells, most importantly stem cells which have the ability to create and heal our organs, blood, tissue and immune system. Cord blood as a therapy for cerebral palsy has already been investigated in hundreds of children overseas and shown benefits in both cognitive (mental) and motor (movement) function in these children.
All expectant parents should be curious about this news and consider cord blood storage for their baby. You owe it to yourself and your family to do your homework and make an informed decision based on your individual circumstances on whether to store cord blood for your new baby.
So how much does cord blood banking cost? Well not as much as you may think. Parents can store their child’s cord blood for 18 years for as little as $143 per month on a 24-month payment plan.
Cell Care is exhibiting at the upcoming Adelaide Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo at the Showgrounds, Wayville on the 1st-3rd of April. You’ll be able to visit the team from Cell Care at stand H12 and have a personal discussion with their experienced midwives.
Cell Care is also offering all She Shopped readers an opportunity to win cord blood and tissue storage for 25 years valued at $4975.
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