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Giuiliana and Bill Rancic Bank Baby's Cord Blood
a blog by Claire, September 27, 2012
Giuliana and Bill Rancic have brought awareness to infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), gestational surrogacy and breast cancer. Now, as the proud parents of baby boy Duke, they are shining the spotlight on another important topic for parents-to-be: cord blood banking.
With cord blood banking, the blood from the baby's umbilical cord is stored for future use. Collecting the cord blood is the only opportunity a parent has to save stem cells from their child's birth. Stem cells can be used to treat blood and immune system related genetic diseases, cancers and blood disorders.
The Rancics chose to store their Duke's cord blood after he was born, and they have partnered with Cord Blood Registry to launch the Healthy Futures Campaign, an initiative to inform parents on their choices regarding their baby’s umbilical cord. Bil and Giuliana were introduced to cord blood banking about 12 years ago when Giuliana's niece was born because her sister banked all four of her kids' cord blood stem cells.
In a blog for People magazine, the Rancics' write:
Some parents might ask us why we banked. After our own health scares and all that we went through to finally get pregnant, it was a no-brainer for us. We’ve always taken charge of our own health and wanted to do the same for our son even before he was born.
Like all parents, we want a healthy future for our child, but no one can predict the future. The value of cord blood stem cells is something we want every parent to be informed about.
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