When I was pregnant 26 years ago before cord blood education was even required, my obstetrician asked me if there was any family history of disease or disorder that I was concerned about. Of course, 26 years ago my parents were in their mid-60s, very healthy and with a normal health history. There seemed no reason for me to have any worries about the baby I was preparing for. I answered the question without hesitation: No, nothing to note.
I gave birth to two more children and the question kept coming up during my prenatal visits, and the answer remained the same. My parents were still healthy, and my great grandmother even lived until 106.
Then, after my third child was born my family’s health history changed forever.