Last year, I also hosted a competition here, to win umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cell banking with Netcells, and a few weeks after the birth of her gorgeous boy Zack, I asked the winner Valyn Kolman a few questions about her experience, as I was keen to see how she found things:
Why were you interested in stem cell banking?
Stem cell banking for us is like having an insurance policy – it's a non negotiable in our eyes. You have to have it but you pray you will never need to actually use it. Simply put – better safe than sorry
What was your experience like, from meeting someone from Netcells, to the process after your baby was born?
Everything was great. Wendy Robertson met with us at the hospital for a coffee and took us through the entire procedure and answered all our questions adequately – she was patient and explained what was required from us.
She helped us complete the forms so as to minimise what we had to do on the day and everything was pre populated on the viles and the courier waybill so it was user friendly.
What was the reality of the process like, vs your expectations?
I was so anxious about the actual birth process that I didn't really think about the actual process – I knew that my medical team had done many of these before and that we were in good hands.
I obviously wasn't able to see anything take place as I had a Caesar but it all seemed to happen very quickly and before i knew it my box was with me on my bed
What would you tell other parents who are considering stem cell banking?
I would advise parents that if you can afford it then do it without hesitation. The great part is that you are able to pay it off in installments, and if you are on Discovery then there is the added benefit of the discount depending on the Netcells payment plan you choose. If we were to be blessed with another little baby, then we would absolutely do it without a doubt.