Cord Blood Banking

Your big day as a new dad is almost here.  One important thing you can do to help out is to take the lead on the banking of your baby’s cord blood. Here’s how.

Nobody said being a dad would be easy. Becoming a new dad is going to rock your world. Everything about life as you know it is about to change. But don’t worry, it’s (mostly) all good. You’ve done your best to get ready, but the hard truth is that nothing can really prepare you for it until the big day comes.

When the countdown is on, it can be hard to know what position you’re supposed to be playing. One of the best things you can do is just be there for the mom-to-be. She’s got a lot on her plate right now, and she needs all the help she can get.  And if you’ve decided to bank your baby’s cord blood, you’ll be the one in charge of making sure that this crucial step goes off without a hitch.

Managing cord blood banking. It might sound like a big responsibility, here’s the bottom line: There’s really not that much involved with the process, and as long as you don’t lose your cool, you’ll do just fine.

Once you’ve decided to bank your baby’s cord blood and signed up with a company like CBR—Cord Blood Registry, the company will send you a collection kit to take with you to the hospital. The next step is to let the doctor or midwife know that you’re planning to collect your baby’s cord blood. If you do this when you go to the office with your wife for her checkup, you’ll get two check marks by your name on the refrigerator.

Once your cord blood collection kit arrives in the mail, your job is to remember to take it with you to the hospital. It sounds easy enough, but you’ve got to factor in the pre-game jitters.  Make sure you’ve got the collection kit packed and ready to go when you’re wife gives you the signal that it’s time to go to the hospital.

“Dads can make sure to have the kit in an easy-to-access location to be prepared for the exciting moment when baby is on the way,” says Rafik Mansour, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Boston Healthcare for Women.

At the hospital: Once you arrive at the hospital, you can bet that your wife isn’t going to be in any condition to remember much of anything, including banking the baby’s cord blood. This is your chance to shine.

“Dad can make sure the process is as seamless as possible by bringing the collection kit to the hospital,” says Dr. Mansour. “In addition, it is good for the dad to remember that his role is to let the nurse and provider know that they are banking up front and provide the collection kit to them.”

Once your baby is born and the cord blood is collected, the doctor or nurse will return the kit to you. Now it’s time for the final handoff. You’ll need to call the phone number provided by your cord blood banking company, and a courier will be sent to retrieve the cord blood.

Congrats, Dad. Your job as the manager of your baby’s cord blood banking is done. Now you’re ready to sit back and enjoy a few pats on the back from your friends and family. As a new dad, you’ve earned them. For more information on cord blood banking, visit the CBR website at www.cordblood.com.

Article by Wyatt Myers