Win umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cell banking with Netcells for 10 years to the value of R22 400

November 21, 2016

It feels like yesterday that I was just starting to learn about stem cell banking and asking dozens of questions about the process, and now, my nine-week-old baby's cells sit safely in the Netcells lab, there if we ever need them. The best-case scenario is that we never need them, but if we tragically become a statistic, I'm so glad we're covered with this potential gift of life. Of hope.

And this gift of life is what you can win this month in what is the most valuable giveaway I've ever run, not only in price, but in a value that can't really be quantified. Netcells is giving away free umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cell banking for 10 years, to the value of R22 400. 

What's more, if any Rattle and Mum readers register to store their baby's stem cells with Netcells before close of business on Friday December 16 2016, they will get a R1 000 Baby City gift voucher on the successful storage of their baby’s stem cells.

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Why is this prize essentially a gift of life? Here are some reasons:

  • What if your child gets a disease that is treatable with stem cells?
  • What if in 10 years' time, science has advanced to such a point that stem cells can be used to treat so much more. Already scientists are investigating the use of cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, autism and type-1 diabetes.
  • Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases.
  • If you ever need stem cells, the chance of finding a compatible donor/match through the bone marrow registry is 1 in 100 000.

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Having been through the banking process this year, it's felt like I've gained a family in the Netcells team, along with knowledge and even more belief in science and what can be achieved tomorrow and beyond. I remember four days after my baby Rebecca was born, getting an SMS from our Netcells faciliator Wendy, which I've still got saved on my phone. The SMS read: "Congratulations, your baby's stem cells have been successfully stored. Please confirm the baby's names so we may complete your certificates. These will be emailed shortly."

I cried out of happiness, relieved that we had banked an excellent chance at my daughter's health, and secure that as parents we had done the best that we possibly could at the time for her wellbeing. I've said it before, but this means more than the designer nursery and the very expensive pram.

Netcells is regarded as one of the most established and reputable banking clinics in South Africa, and is accredited with the American Association of Blood Banks. It is THE ONLY stem cell bank in Southern Africa to have independent  accreditation for the processing and storage of cord blood and tissue stem cells. 

Every two years, Netcells is audited to ensure they meet international standards. This is a big deal – you want to ensure stem cells are in the best place and processed the correct way. It also means that you can more easily relocate cells overseas (if you emigrate, or if you need a transplant in another country, for example).

Here are some more good things to know about Netcells:

Payment plans

You don't need to pay in full upfront, Netcells has a number of payment options to choose from. If you select the 60-month payment plan you can pay as little as R295 a month.

Discovery Health affiliation

Netcells is the only stem cell service in South Africa listed by Discovery Health as a preferred service provider. Members receive a discount of up to 25% off the stem cell banking fee.

Security

As Netcells is a private bank, they store for each family only, and don't carry out HLA-typing unless requested by the family. This is the test used to match you with a donor for your bone marrow or cord blood transplant. 

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For more information on Netcells and stem cell banking, watch this video:

To enter to win

  • Comment on this post with the one thing you have learnt about stem cell banking through my experience.
  • Share this post to Facebook (tag your preggie friends!)
  • Follow Netcells on Facebook. (Please mention that you have followed these steps – we will be checking too).
  • Please note that this prize is open to readers who are currently pregnant as the prize must be redeemed within the next nine months (before 21 August 2017). This prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for any other Next Biosciences products, or cash. The prize is open to South African residents only.
  • To receive your R1 000 Baby City voucher, enter voucher code TANKOVPROM001 when registering for umbilical cord and tissue banking on the Netcells site.
  • This giveaway closes on Monday December 5 at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page, and then emailed.
  • It's not an entry requirement, but if you'd subscribe to my blog (via the right hand column of the home page), and my YouTube channel, I'd be most grateful.

 

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73 Comments

  • Tammy Voges

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases.

    November 21, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Michelle Mulligan

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases

    November 21, 2016 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Sofiah

    Discovery members get a 25% discount for stem cell banking fees, banking stem cells is an emotional experience but secures your childs health

    November 21, 2016 at 7:23 am Reply
  • Michelle Bosch

    After reading this article, so impressed to learn that Stem cell banking in South Africa IS affordable – “If you select the 60-month payment plan you can pay as little as R295 a month.”

    November 21, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply
    • Michelle Bosch

      PS – I followed all the steps to enter the competition x

      November 21, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Tamsen Seanepoel

    Would be so grateful to win this prize! I loved your article and was interested to read that Netcells is the only stem cell bank in Southern Africa to have independent accreditation for the processing and storage of cord blood and tissue stem cells. So great to have a facility like this in SA!

    November 21, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Bronwen Amayo

    I’ve learnt from this post that: “If you ever need stem cells, the chance of finding a compatible donor/match through the bone marrow registry is 1 in 100 000.”

    November 21, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Tamsen Swanepoel

    All steps followed (see comment above!). Fingers crossed for the win!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    November 21, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Stephanie Nel

    I didn’t realise that you would be able to successfully relocate your banked cells if you moved overseas… that’s so helpful.

    November 21, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Ayesha

    Stem cell banking can be affordable r295 over 60 months

    November 21, 2016 at 8:43 am Reply
  • Taryn Sharman

    Discovery members get 25% off for banking stem cells – so good to know!

    November 21, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Paul Karam

    Great!!!

    November 21, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Nisha Prinsloo

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukemia, anaemia and immune deficiency disorders.

    I followed all the steps to enter this competition as required ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 21, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Nadia

    I did not know that cord blood can be used to regenerate bone marrow thats treats certain blood disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and auto-immune diseases. All the more reason to bank.

    (All steps followed)

    November 21, 2016 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Lara Mackenzie

    This is an amazing giveaway. My husband and I are very interested in core blood banking. I learnt that there are great payment plans of uo to 60 months making this investment as reasonable as R295 a month. Would love to win this. Our baby girl is due in March and we have little info on my family history which makes us more concerned than most of what the future will bring. #netcells

    November 21, 2016 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Lara Mackenzie

    I’ve followed all the steps โค

    November 21, 2016 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Kelli

    I learnt that there is a payment plan! makes me very happy! Would love to win this!

    November 21, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Ruth Laatz-Reineke

    Hubby and i actually discussed this last night!! Didn’t know that payment plans were able to be arranged! We just saw the price and nearly had a heart attack! So good to know ๐Ÿ™‚
    *all steps followed ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 21, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Anneli Long

    “Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions”

    November 21, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Arusha Singh

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases.

    November 21, 2016 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Jessica Mardon

    I used stem cell banking with netcells for my firstborn. I was not aware that there are payment plans available.
    Steps all followed.

    November 21, 2016 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Jessica MacRoberts

      Ps – all steps followed ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Anneli Slabbert

    Stem cells are being used to treat 80+ blood related diseases including leukaemia….. Further there is a discovery health benefit…. Very good to know

    November 21, 2016 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Amy Brown

    I have learnt how affordable it is! I was honestly not expecting it to as little as R295 per month on 60-month payment plan!

    November 21, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Irfaan

    Blood stem cells can be used to treat almost 80 blood related disorders and immune deficiency diseases, This is a miracle and can be a life saving measure but is affordable as it can be paid over installments.

    November 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Irfaan

    Folowed all the steps

    November 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Amazing i learned so much! There is a huge future for stem cells and possible unknown uses for diseases. Have followed all the steps. Baby due in Jan 2017 ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Jessica MacRoberts

    Because NetCells is audited internationally, you can more easily relocate cells overseas – which is great!

    November 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm Reply
    • Jessica MacRoberts

      Ps โ€“ all steps followed ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Natasha Marot

    I didn’t know that stem cells were already being used for so much! “Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases.” This is incredible!
    I would absolutely love to win this prize and have followed all the necessary steps.

    November 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Shelley James

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases

    November 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Leanne Crossman

    Thank you for this competition. It is on my mind to store our baby’s stem cells and finding Out that we can pay as little as R295.00 a month for storage over a period of 60 months makes it quite affordable for us.

    November 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Verouschka van de Venter

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases. Liked and shared #duemAy โคโค

    November 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • Lauren Hart

    I’ve learnt SO much from your post! I always thought that stem cell banking would be unaffordable, but I learnt that Netcells offers affordable monthly payment plans, which could make it a reality!!

    As a mom-to-be who suffers from a condition which is subject to significant stem cell research (and progress, YAY), I would love to be able to preserve stem cells for my son (who has been in my belly for 19 weeks)! Goodness knows I wish I had some stem cells of my own โ˜บ๏ธ

    I have followed all the steps, and am now holding thumbs for this amazing prize โค๏ธ

    November 22, 2016 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Emma Fae Visser

    The one main thing that I have learnt that Cord blood stem cells are already being used to treat blood related disorders and immune system conditions.
    Besides this, what’s also great is that there is a payment plan option which makes this accessible to most. The peace of mind that this would bring is just awesome!

    November 22, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Odette Young

    I’m very happy to see that Netcells is audited every two years to ensure they meet international standards. It’s great to know that we are in good hands.

    November 22, 2016 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Cindy dinneamtin

    I learnt that is actually quiet affordable. R295a month is a manageable amount

    November 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Rachel Goldstuck

    I love that the cells can be accessible from anywhere in the world, in the case of emigration or international transplants.
    Have followed the steps.

    November 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply
  • Caylee Peel

    I had no idea that scientists are investigating the use of cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, autism and type-1 diabetes. I had never considered that as the years go by that my baby’s cell are stored, more diseases could be added to the list of those already treated with stem cells.

    November 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Chantel Alston-Stewart

    I was very excited to learn that you don’t need to pay in full upfront, Netcells has a number of payment options to choose from. If you select the 60-month payment plan you can pay as little as R295 a month.

    November 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Ashleigh rosenbaum

    The odds of finding a match are only 1 in 100000

    November 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Heather Grout

    After reading this article I’m very impressed to learn that scientists are investigating the use of cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, autism and type-1 diabetes, not to mention the fact that they can be used to treat 80 blood related disorders.
    I have followed all the steps required for this competition. Holding thumbs!

    November 24, 2016 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Jolene van Wyk

    I already knew about Netcells and the amazing possibilities freezing stem cells has. But I didn’t know that Netcells is the only stem cell bank in Southern Africa to have independent accreditation for the processing and storage of cord blood and tissue stem cells. That makes me feel SO much more at ease about this whole process!

    I shared the blog post on FB, liked Netcells on FB, and I subscribed to your newsletter and YouTube channel.

    November 24, 2016 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Katlego Mokoena

    I didnt lnow that stem cells can be used to cure few illnesses,learnt that you can also pay in monthly installments and not in cashi can also relocate with it when i move overseas,thats a bonus.

    November 24, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Katlego Mokoena

    Followed all steps!

    November 24, 2016 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Kelly

    I DID NOT REALISE THAT THE ODDS OF FINDING A BONE MARROW DONOUR MATCH WAS SO LOW (1 IN 100000)!

    November 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm Reply
    • Kelly Flanegan

      All steps followed

      November 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Lyndall Brill

    In this day and age, and with the advances expected in medics, stem cell banking is a necessity and not a choice!

    November 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Vanessa Kruger

    I learnt that cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases

    November 25, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Madeleine Laarman

    Wow, I was touched by how you put it in perspective that prioritising our little one’s wellbeing, by storing their stem cells, are so more important than expensive baby nurseries or fancy prams and really the most important thing we should do as new parents.

    November 25, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply
  • Carla dos Reis

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases

    November 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • Nelia Strydom

    That banking stemcells with Netcells is affordable with their monthly payment option.

    November 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm Reply
  • Brett Strydom

    My wife and I have used Netcells for both our children and plan to use Netcells again for our third on on the way in 5 months. Even if we don’t win, I believe that Netcells is everyone’s best choice for their children! Affordable and great service!

    November 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • Brett Strydom

    Oh and my wife and I have both followed Netcells on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 27, 2016 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Valyn

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukemia, anaemia and immune deficiency disorders๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

    Ps I have followed the necessary steps for entering this competition ๐ŸŒŸ

    November 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Steph Stolarczyk

    Because Netcells is a private bank, they store the specific family only, and don’t carry out HLA-typing unless requested by the family.

    November 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Steph Stolarczyk

    As a Discovery member, its great to know that members get 25% off for banking stem cells.

    November 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Steph Stolarczyk

    Awesome to know that Discovery members get 25% off for banking stem cells.

    November 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply
    • Steph Stolarczyk

      Gosh didn’t think my comments were being submitted ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

      November 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Renรฉ Moolman

    Goodness, I’ve read up so much on this that its more the comforting fact that someone else has done it than learning new info. I guess one thing i didnt know was the advances that they are making towards using it for autism and so on.
    Its a really valuable prize, maybe saving someone’s life!
    *done all required ๐Ÿ˜Š

    November 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply
  • Kelly Bok

    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases.

    November 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Melissa Viljoen

    Netcells is the only stem cell service in South Africa listed by Discovery Health as a preferred service provider. Members receive a discount of up to 25% off the stem cell banking fee.

    November 29, 2016 at 9:38 am Reply
  • Mericia

    I knew stem cells had a lot of value, but didn’t know it could be used to treat so many disorders. If I’m not mistaken it could be used for family members or siblings as well? Not 100% sure. We didn’t do the storage with my first daughter. I didn’t even know they had such affordable payment options. This is great.

    November 29, 2016 at 9:49 am Reply
  • Amelia Mahlako

    The one thing (among many) that I’ve learnt; that you can select the 60-
    month payment plan and can pay as little as R295 a month! I had no idea it was so affordable!

    November 30, 2016 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Natalie

    It is THE ONLY stem cell bank in Southern Africa to have independent accreditation for the processing and storage of cord blood and tissue stem cells.

    November 30, 2016 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Benita Zive

    I regret not stem cell banking after the birth of my one-year old. It is incredible to think that this small step could have such a radical effect on our next child’s (due April) wellbeing. Great to learn that Netcells is the only fully accredited system in SA. Thank you x

    November 30, 2016 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • daniel berman

    Netcells is the only stem cell service in South Africa listed by Discovery Health as a preferred service provider. Members receive a discount of up to 25% off the stem cell banking fee. . i have done all ur steps

    December 1, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Vannah Piers

    What I learnt that
    Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions such as leukaemia, anaemia and immune deficiency diseases from reading your experience

    December 1, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Teagan

    It’s amazing that blood stem cells are being used for over 80 blood~related disorders and immune system conditions. It is also an interesting thought to think that in a few years time syem cells could be used for so much more! Technology is moving fast.
    I am now following you on facebook. I am due in April and this would be such a blessing as we can’t afford to do this on our own. Pick me!

    December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Teagan

    It’s amazing that cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat nearly 80 blood-related disorders and immune system conditions. But what was very intriguing was the thought provoking idea of what could be treated like in 10 years time! Technology is moving fast!
    This would be such a blessing to win as we can’t afford to do this on our own. Our little girl is arriving in April.

    All steps followed. Shared and following on facebook.

    Pick us!!!

    December 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Simpson

    I am currently 6 months pregnant with my second child. We registered and paid for cord banking with my first little one, but unfortunately she suffered from growth restriction and the sample collected at birth was insufficient and the banking failed. I was devastated, as I had done my research thoroughly. We aren’t able to afford cord banking this time, so winning this competition would be a God-send. The thought of not being able to find a match, should one of my precious girls need stem-cells, is horrifying. The chances of getting a match through the bone marrow register is only 1 in 100 000. Science and research are progressing every day and stem-cell advances are already able to treat almost 80 blood-related disorder and immune system conditions. What a gift to give your child!

    December 3, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Matty

    Every two years, Netcells is audited to ensure they meet international standards. This is a big deal – you want to ensure stem cells are in the best place and processed the correct way. It also means that you can more easily relocate cells overseas (if you emigrate, or if you need a transplant in another country, for example).

    December 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Bianca Romans

    Discovery members can get a discount of up to 25% on stem cell banking fees

    December 5, 2016 at 6:01 am Reply
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