Yesterday was our first real doctor appointment with the doctor Jessica chose to be her OB. Even though it seems as if we have spent plenty of time in doctor’s office already it was actually our first time seeing our doctor since Jessica found out she was pregnant. It was a very low key appointment, which I did not mind after the roller coaster of the first few appointments. We discussed the first trimester genetic screening and we handed a folder of information basically a short version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. We scheduled the 1st trimester screening and were out of there.
One of the items in the folder discussed cryo-freezing stem cells from the umbilical cord/placenta. I am very intrigued by this concept. I don’t claim to be very scientific, or read regularly on the subject, but from what I understand it is a very promising field medically. Taking these cell and having them frozen for future use for our child may be the first and greatest investment we can make on their behalf. I can only imagine the power of stem cells in 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 years. They may have the power to cure every disease or illness suffered by an individual.
I will be doing some real research into the topic and the cost to determine if it’s the right thing to do. My gut says it is. There is a one time chance to get these cells. So we have 7 months to get this decision right. The pressure of parenting have already begun.
(Side note: Jessica informed her last aunt who was ill over Easter about the pregnancy so now the whole family is officially in on the secret)