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Stem Cell Collection should be Routine

Scientist and mom Catriona McCauley is a firm advocate of the need to collect stem cells from umbilical cord blood and fought a campaign to make it happen in an Irish maternity hospital. "I did my research and very quickly became convinced it was the best thing to do. There is so much potential in the treatment it was a no-brainer.” "For me it was like taking out an insurance policy," she added. After living in America for 10 years Catriona 10 years and gave birth to her first child, Conor, in the US McCauley had the stem cells collected after the birth. Gathering cord stem cells for storage was offered as a matter of course in America.” But the situation wasn't as straight forward on her return to Ireland when she was pregnant with her second child. "When I was pregnant with Sarah I went to my local hospital and asked that my cord blood be stored and they told me it was not done routinely.” She didn't take the decision lying down and decided to fight for the right to get the cord blo

Scientist and mom Catriona McCauley is a firm advocate of the need to collect stem cells from umbilical cord blood and fought a campaign to make it happen in an Irish maternity hospital. "I did my research and very quickly became convinced it was the best thing to do. There is so much potential in the treatment it was a no-brainer.” "For me it was like taking out an insurance policy," she added.
After living in America for 10 years Catriona 10 years and gave birth to her first child, Conor, in the US McCauley had the stem cells collected after the birth. Gathering cord stem cells for storage was offered as a matter of course in America.” But the situation wasn't as straight forward on her return to Ireland when she was pregnant with her second child. "When I was pregnant with Sarah I went to my local hospital and asked that my cord blood be stored and they told me it was not done routinely.” She didn't take the decision lying down and decided to fight for the right to get the cord blo

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