Marion Welch has been a cord blood educator and advocate since 1998, when cord blood banking was still in its infancy. Her career began as a clinical coordinator in Connecticut and New York, educating families, physicians, midwives and doulas on the benefits and indications for cord blood stem cells. Marion was recognized for assisting more families in preserving cord blood than any of her colleagues in the United States. Part of her commitment, advocacy and drive stemmed from her father’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease, which subsequently has affected many in her extended family. For the last four years, Marion has been continuing her advocacy by working with the first cord blood bank in the world, CryoCell International. Marion’s goal is to see every expectant family carry a cord blood collection kit by their side as they enter the hospital, along with their baby bag. Marion shares with Beyond Mom how her support system has helped her achieve her dreams and much more.
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