Giuliana and Bill Rancic shine light on infertility, cord blood banking
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -
Infertility problems are diagnosed in one in 10 American couples, yet half eventually have a child, according to WebMD.com.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic have always been open about their own health and pregnancy challenges and are now sharing their decision to bank their newborn's stem cells.
This April, after failed rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments and a miscarriage, the Rancics shared the joyous news that they were expecting a child through a gestational surrogate.
E! viewers have followed the challenges the Rancics have faced on "Giuliana and Bill," from Giuliana's battle with breast cancer and double mastectomy to their fertility struggles.
The couple is now proud to partner with Cord Blood Registry to help raise awareness about cord blood banking and empower parents to take action for their families' health.
The Rancics shared their experience in an interview with CBS Atlanta News.
A Cord blood bank is a facility that stores umbilical cord blood for future use.
When and how is the cord blood collected?
Cord blood collection occurs after birth, immediately after the umbilical cord has been cut. The remaining blood in the cord is drawn into a collection bag.
Does the amount of cord blood collected matter?
Yes. Typically, collecting more cord blood means collecting more stem cells. This is important because having more stem cells for treatment can improve medical outcomes if the cells are needed for transplant.
Is there any risk to my child or myself during collection?
Cord blood collection is safe and painless for you and your baby. Your healthcare provider does not need to alter the normal birthing process in any way, except to collect your baby's cord blood after the cord has been clamped and cut. Cord blood collection is a simple procedure that usually takes about five minutes.
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