Have you ever thought of getting your future baby cord stem cells? Do they Work? Is it worth it…
Well, for disclosure purposes, we did… I will walk you up our, thoughts, ideas and of course the bottom line. On a daily basis we here about all this weird diseases, and how they start from nowhere and they would be saved by stem cells… First of all, stem cell are the type of cells that can potentially be converted to any cell of the body, technology and medicine has been advancing to cover and to be used for more than 70 diseases, and the potential is limitless , but sadly, we are not there yet. Making this point, you can potentially, at birth , have a little assurance that in the future, the list will grow and you will have in a storage somewhere, blood and/or tissue of your baby that could save his/her life. The idea is incredible, but not that simple. We ask ourselves:
1) Do we want to have it? The answer was simple (and probably all parents will say the same thing) YES YES YES AND YES! Even that the possibility is really low, it’s worth it “to protect your baby” (I imagine that is part of why these companies marketing, they got us…), is like buying life insurance… You aspect not to use it but it’s good to have it.
2) What’s the cost? It was a decision “make it or break it” moment… There are a couple of big names… From public to private companies, with different plans, offers and guarantees. And with monthly plans … My advice: call every company, ask them to send you information, look at the numbers (how many times the clients have needed the cells and how many times they actually worked, how long have they been in business, ask for everything… And If you need more questions to ask just send me a msg, I can gladly help you out) .. We found a nice price, that was the number that we had in our minds, and we chose a company that had good numbers, good quality, long-standing, and a nice $ package… You need to consider that if doing this, if your household budget will be painfully affected, DON’T DO IT… I will explain why later on…
3) Ok… Now, we want this, we have a nice company and a payment plan, do I need to pay for the “special offer” to prepay 20 years for storage? I don’t think it’s worth it, at the speed that technology is moving forward, this technology will be obsolete , my best guess is more or less 10 years, when the medicine nobel price will be “how to create tissue, organs and fix disease with skin cells” (I chose skin cells because they are relatively easy to collect… It could be anything…). For this reason, we chose NOT to pay the 20 year something prepaid package.
After you sign up, they will send you a kit, it has everything that you need to know, and the human salesperson, that will be in contact with you will explain everything, and most Obstetrics doctors will know what to do with it… IT’S IMPERATIVE TO HAVE IT IN YOUR “WAY OUT BAG” for the hospital.
4) AND WHAT DO WE DO IF WE DON’T, FOR ANY REASON DO IT, WOULD WE BE BAD PARENTS AND OUR BABY WILL DIE FROM A HORRIBLE DISEASE BECAUSE WE DID NOT DID IT? The real answer is NO. Now there is new technology to extract from the “baby teeth” cells that could be potentially used for most of the diseases.
G-d willing, we would never need to use it… But it will be stored, somewhere safe and in our mind will have a check mark, right there with life /disability insurance, looking only to protect our family