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Give a meaningful gift to parents-to-be that will last a lifetime

The excitement and joy shared by a family as a baby is about to enter the world is contagious and more often than not, the whole gang gets in on the planning. There are showers to schedule, hand-me-downs to organize, and that ever-pressing question – pink or blue? It’s easy to get caught up in the excess of shopping for a new baby, but before you hit the toy store for that must-have musical toy or stroller accessory, consider giving a more meaningful gift with benefits that could potentially last a lifetime. The gift of Cord Blood and Peristem™ stem cell banking.

It might seem like an odd choice, but what could be more important to a parent than their child’s health?

Give a meaningful gift to parents-to-be that will last a lifetime

“Banking Cord Blood and Peristem™ stem cells offer the security of having immediate access to potentially life-saving cells, should a parent ever need them for their children or possibly even themselves,” comments Dr. Clifford Librach, director, CReATe Cord Blood Bank. “Investing in your child’s health makes as much sense as saving for their education or other life cycle events.”

Cord Blood is the blood remaining in the placenta and umbilical cord typically discarded after a baby is delivered. This blood is a rich source of stem cells that are the building blocks of our blood and immune systems. With their regenerative capabilities, these stem cells could replace critical cells in tissues all over the body that have been destroyed or damaged by disease.

The umbilical cord tissue is rich in a different type of stem cell called mesenchymal stem cells (Peristem™). PeristemTM stem cells are the building blocks of all the structural tissues (bone, cartilage, muscle, fibre and fat) of our body and could be used for tissue regeneration and repair. PeristemTM stem cells are currently being investigated for use in the management of damaged heart tissue, birth defects, treatment of burns and in the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as MS, Juvenile Diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

Like anything to do with saving for a child’s future, banking cord blood requires somewhat of an investment. To help make it easier, CReATe Cord Blood Bank offers an exclusive ‘Baby Shower Package’ gift registry service to clients, to allow their loved ones to help contribute to their new baby’s entry into the world in a meaningful way. The package includes gift registry coupons and free cord blood information brochures with envelopes for loved ones. And, CReATe is the only bank in Canada licensed to harvest and store Peristem™ cells alongside cord blood.

“In preparation for our baby’s arrival, we were given a lot of great hand-me-downs so we didn’t need to register for larger items like a stroller or crib,” says Vanessa, CReATe client. “Banking cord blood was very important to us and using the gift registry service offered by CReATe was a convenient way for our friends and family to contribute.”

It’s never too late to give the gift of cord blood banking through CReATe’s gift registry service.