Giuliana and Bill Rancic: Why we banked Duke's cord blood

Giuliana and Bill Rancic: Why we banked Duke's cord blood
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POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:14pm


Among the myriad of questions new parents must ask is whether to bank the cells from their newborn's umbilical cord blood, and for Giuliana and Bill Rancic, that answer was a definite yes.

As the couple explains in a blog post for People magazine, "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."

So when their recent addition, Edward Duke, arrived via gestational surrogate at the end of August, Giuliana and Bill were prepared to bank his cord blood with Cord Blood Registry (CBR), a stem cell bank that Giuliana's sister used for all four of her kids.

"Like all parents, we want a healthy future for our child, but no one can predict the future," Giuliana and Bill write in their blog post. "The value of cord blood stem cells is something we want every parent to be informed about. ... [T]hey may not know saving it can provide more medical options for their family -today and in the future."

As a result, the Style network reality stars have partnered with CBR for the Healthy Futures Campaign, which intends to "empower all expectant parents to make an informed decision about their umbilical cord options."

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