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Cord blood banking?

post #1 of 12
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Anyone looking into this? Since this is our fourth & most likely final baby, I would love to do this for our family. I have no idea where to start, though. Any ideas on a reliable but not outrageously expensive company? I've only heard of Viacord.
post #2 of 12

i looked into it and decided it would be best to give all the blood to the baby with delayed cord clamping. they need it now. and i really couldnt find any situation where it would have helped.

post #3 of 12

I actually looked into donating DS#2s cord blood, but I gave birth the Sunday night before Labor Day, and when I asked about it during labor, they told me that no one was around to collect the blood.  I was thinking, "Well, if it's that important, maybe someone should come in!"  But, alas, I guess you can only donate M-F 9-5.  We just did delayed cord clamping.

 

I had thought about banking, but when I looked into it, I didn't think it was a good idea.  Very $$, with no guarantees.  As in, "Oh, the freezer died, sorry!  No refunds!"  Now that may have been the only company I looked at, so there may be other companies that do offer guarantees. Also, at least a few years ago, the industry was basically unregulated.  

post #4 of 12

We did not do it with dd, but plan to with the twins. It is expensive, but we have decided to do it due to our family medical history. 

post #5 of 12

I actually just found out Tuesday that my grandma has been diagnosed with a disease that can be treated with stem cells from the cord blood. Her chance of being a match to the baby is very low, though (I think less than 15%). The only way to find out during pregnancy is to do an amnio. Still something we are contemplating doing.

post #6 of 12

No, we don't bank or donate.  We delay clamping so that kiddo gets all the blood.  With DS, there was barely enough cord blood for blood typing.  We didn't clamp until right before I delivered the placenta.

 

post #7 of 12

we will be letting the baby have all the blood at birth. maybe it would be different if we had any medical history at all, but our families are both very healthy. besides, we could never afford it.

post #8 of 12

I would have donated with my first, but the hospital didn't collect.  It's definitely something I would do if it was easier to do it.  Either donating or banking it.

post #9 of 12

I tried to donate the cord blood from my son but I was denied because of some of the places I had travelled to and lived when I was younger. (specifically Africa and England (mad cow) I was surprised but I guess it is better to be safe than sorry. I've actually had trouble donating blood before because of when I was living in England.

post #10 of 12
We won't be banking.


Doula mama to my nursing toddler Noah
post #11 of 12

I considered doing the public banking, but the cost of private was prohibitive to us.  Last time we just did delayed cord clamping and let me daughter have that "good stuff."

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Post

i looked into it and decided it would be best to give all the blood to the baby with delayed cord clamping. they need it now. and i really couldnt find any situation where it would have helped.



+1

 

After doing research this is what my husband and I decided as well.

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