Cord blood banking?
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.
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.
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.
After doing research this is what my husband and I decided as well.