Cord blood banking matters to me: Gina Mellotte

Professional Voiceover Artist Gina Mellotte recently gave birth to her first child, a baby girl.  Before she gave birth she decided that cord blood banking was something she wanted to do.  Here’s what she had to say:

When did you first hear about cord blood banking?

During our antenatal class. I just thought “This is possibly something I should already know about. What an amazing thing!”

What did your fiancée think about it?

He was with me at the class and was impressed straight away. He is a very logical guy who just saw that cord blood banking makes complete sense. We both thought that it was pretty cool how the human body has the potential to cure itself.

Were you surprised by the benefits?

Very, very surprised! When listening to Dr Joanna Tilley at our class I was fascinated by all of the potential benefits. I just thought “why wouldn’t you do this? What could be more natural than this?”

What were the main factors in your decision?

The main reason I opted to bank cord blood is that my father has Parkinson’s Disease. Finding a cure for it is close to my heart really. Hopefully, with tremendous advances in stem cell research, they’ll find a cure it and related diseases. By banking cord blood, I am ensuring that we can potentially benefit in the future.

Were there any downsides to your decision? 

Apart from a fleeting selfish thought of not wanting anybody else in the labour ward, there weren’t any downsides. As long as Andy can cut the cord, I’ll be happy.

Why choose Biovault Family?

I was really impressed with what Joanna had to say and was immediately hooked by the potential of cord blood banking. She was able to answer all of our questions like “do we stay in touch for 25 years” and “what if the facility burns down?” really easily and told us about the extremely high standards and accreditations the company has. Biovault was carefully selected by My Healthcare Clinic to provide this service so that goes a long way.

Gina is based in South London, to find out more about her and the work she does please visit


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BSc (Hons) Microbiology

Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family

Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.

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