As a retired midwife, Zoe’s mum was aware of umbilical stem cell banking and encouraged the couple to find out more about the process. We spoke to them a week before Zoe was due to give birth about their hopes for the future as a family.
Zoe: “My mum was based in a hospital and then a community birth centre. She’d heard of cord blood banking and thought it was brilliant. It’s an opportunity to protect the people who matter to you and knowing that different conditions can affect different communities, having cells from your own child is really reassuring.
“I like Biovault’s ethics. This is our first child and we want to do everything in the best possible way, risk-free and not compromising the birth experience. I’m excited, and a bit nervous about the birth but I’m ready now to meet this little one and share our adventures with him. As a lifeguard, I’m very conscious of safety and value respect for people and the environment. The people at Biovault seem to share those values.”
“It’s the best insurance you’ll ever have. What better gift?” Harris
Harris: “There’s also this idea of contributing to something bigger. It’s exciting to see how this science will develop. We have nieces and nephews and you know that if they got ill there’s nothing you wouldn’t do. Here’s a medically proven resource right in front of you with possible cures for more diseases in the future – why would you not do this? it could save your life – in a very direct way – if you need a treatment within your family and desperately need a match you don’t need to search – you have a source.
“You have no control over what is coming – if you don’t need the cells, brilliant. But when you need them, crikey you wish you had them. It’s the best insurance you’ll ever have, it extends a wider umbrella to protect our children, maybe their children… What better gift?”
BSc (Hons) Microbiology
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.