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Cord blood banking?

Postby plattis » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:22 am

I am trying to decide whether or not to bank cord blood. Anyone have thoughts or companies they would recommend? It's super expensive!
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby adventurer » Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:04 pm

I would absolutely do it for peace of mind. God forbid anything happen but if you can afford it, I'd totally do it.
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby lauren818 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:11 am

I'm leaning towards donating to a public bank if possible - since the technology is so new it is likely that should my baby (or more likely, a future sibling) ever need it, it would still be available, but it may also help save someone else's life or advance technology even more.
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby BeeCee33 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:30 pm

I just talked to my doctor about this and her opinion is that, unless you have money to spare, that money would better be spent on education or braces for the kid. Her reasoning was that: 1. It's expensive, 2. Unless you have another child with a serious illness or family history (within 1 generation, so basically you or hubby) of serious illness, the chances of having to use it are slim, and 3. There have been few studies on length of viability for frozen samples, so there's not even a garuntee the sample will be useable if you keep it.

Because of those reasons, I'm looking into donating mine to a public bank where, if there is enough of a sample, it can be matched with someone in need, or, if the sample is too small, it can be used to further research stem cells and treatment options.
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby plattis » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:34 am

thanks BeeCee.. that's kinda how I was leaning. I know DH and I are planning to have another kid in two or so years so I figure worse case we could use that? lol don't quite want to make a "my sister's keeper" scenario out of it.. lol. It's so expensive and makes me wonder how much is just big companies taking advantage of hormonal women!
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby RoloCat » Mon May 04, 2015 8:08 am

Remember with cord blood, that the benefits are more for siblings rather than the baby it's being taken from. Any genetic problems that you might want to address later in life (ex: mutations that lead to diseases or cancers) will still be present in the cord blood... If you have (or plan to have) more than one child, banking cord blood might be good for peace of mind.

I talked to my doctor, and since this little guy will likely be our only child, we opted to pass on the cord blood banking. It's so expensive...

[edited to add: Oops! I missed BeeCee's post above, and she essentially said the same thing]
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby BeeCee33 » Mon May 04, 2015 10:22 am

One other factor to consider that I forgot to add: if you would like to delay cord clamping until pulsations stop naturally (letting the blood from the placenta finish transferring to the baby for a few minutes after birth) then you can't collect the cord blood, as it will have been transferred to baby's body.

While there is no conclusive proof that delayed clamping is necessary for healthy, full term babies, many practitioners believe it is helpful. My doctor said they always try for it, but other factors can cause the need to cut the cord sooner, such as if baby is part way out and the cord is wrapped tightly around the neck or if the cord is short and baby can't reach mom for immediate skin to skin. She said I shouldn't worry if the cord is cut immediately, but they do try to delay it.

I wasn't able to find a public bank that takes donations from my hospital, so I will be going for delayed cord clamping.
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby valerie0187 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:46 pm

I was reading a little about cord blood banking and I personally decided to opt out of it. I wanted to delay cord clamping so I won't be able to do that.
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Re: Cord blood banking?

Postby Tange86 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:06 am

Same here Valerie.
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