For the last few weeks Erin has been certain that our upcoming baby is a girl!
I guess we should've listened to her because she was right.
Erin is going to be a big sister.
Our Baby Girl is due in September.
We are getting in touch with Viacord about saving this baby's cord blood.
First, our two other kids were not bone marrow matches for Erin, so she doesn't have a perfect sibling bone marrow match (yet). If this baby is a match and Erin relapses then we'll have a perfect match for Erin. Viacord has a sibling connection program that will save our baby's cord blood in case Erin needs it. Isn't that awesome?
Did you know that you can donate your newborn's cord blood to a cord blood bank?
It's really easy and as far as I've researched it's FREE to donate the cord blood. It doesn't hurt the baby or the mom. Our friend Millie has relapsed ALLeukemia and is undergoing chemo and soon some awful radiation in preparation for a cord blood transplant, it's similar to a bone marrow transplant, just using cord blood instead of bone marrow. Our friend Brielle, who had relapsed AMLeukemia recently successfully finished her cord blood transplant.
Generous people donate their newborns' cord blood to a bank like Viacord and then it becomes available to save lives! It has saved Brielle's life and could save Millie's too!
So, if you're expecting and you aren't planning on saving your baby's cord blood please consider researching more about donating it and saving a life! Cord blood can be used to treat up to 80 different diseases.