I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now because it is something that was really important to me and Kevin when we were waiting to bring little Molly into this world. I want to talk about cord blood banking. When I was pregnant, I was full of so much anticipation and excitement. But on the other hand, I was also filled with so many worries. Would there be any complications? Would Molly be born healthy? That’s when I started reading about and researching cord blood banking.
Cord blood banking is basically the process of taking the stem cell blood out of your baby’s umbilical cord right after they are born. I’m no doctor (obvi) but your child’s cord blood stem cells are basically super cells that can be used to treat a variety of diseases like leukemia and sickle cell disease. And while I truly hope I never have to use Molly’s cord blood, I am so grateful that we have it.
Kevin and I decided to use Pacificord to store Molly’s blood for a number of reasons, but especially because of the personal customer service. When we called them they walked us through the entire process and educated us on every detail. They truly care and we could feel that over the phone. Plus, we were blown away that they invite every customer to come to their facility to take a tour and learn about the process. On top of that, they give you a personal contact that you can call anytime to answer all of your questions. So when I went into labor, Kevin just had to call our contact to let her know and within hours she was at the hospital to pick up Molly’s cord blood. In fact, their customer service is SO good, that I recommended them to my girlfriend Ashley Jones (see her incredible blog post about it HERE) and she emailed them to ENROLL while in labor on the way to the hospital and they set her up right away. Which means they sent someone to the hospital within hours with the cord blood collection kit and simple paperwork to enroll. Now THAT is incredible customer service.
I guess what I love so much about Pacificord opposed to all the other options, is that we weren’t just a number to them. They know us. They SHOWED UP at the hospital to get the blood rather than shipping it off somewhere to someone we’ve never met. We know exactly where Molly’s cord blood is being stored and we have a personal contact to reach out to should she ever be faced with an illness that requires her to use it. I can only imagine how difficult a time that must be for parents, so having the personal customer service then is even more crucial. They are local to Southern California so reach out to them if you live in the area.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you guys because it something that I am so grateful we did. That said, I realize cord blood banking is an investment and hard for many people to afford with all the other costs that come along when having a baby. That’s why I’ve asked the company for a discount for my followers. I am so excited and grateful that Pacificord is offering $200 off for my followers who use the code MOLLY when enrolling. I feel the decision to bank your child’s cord blood is an easy one, but not always financially easy to make happen. I hope this discount makes the decision a little easier for some of you.