Cord Blood Banking
I'm glad I asked you ladies because I never heard of delayed cord cutting and will research further. How long did you wait before cutting? Did any of you have this done in a hospital and if so, were you given a problem about it? I'm going to look into it on my own, but if any of you wouldn't mind sharing your reasons to delay, I'd appreciate it!
All my natural childbirth books seem to advise to delay the cord cutting. I just priced it out the cord blood banking here. It's $6,200.00 up front in Singapore ($4,897.00 USD) or you can pay an annual fee for 21 years. I think I'd be worried about these private companies going bankrupt or what would be done with our cord blood when we leave here. I think I'll give it a miss this time around.
Edited by typebug - 7/17/12 at 5:54am
typebug - those are really good points. Who knows who these companies are and how stringent are they about ensuring proper storage? The thought of them going bankrupt also crossed my mind.
josie - 20 minutes really doesn't sound long in the scheme of things. I read an article that said a minimum of 2 minutes has benefits in increasing baby's iron to levels that will stave off amenia for the first 3 months.
Thanks for all your responses!
Hey everyone! So, I'm actually due this summer, but I saw that this thread was asking some questions I have myself, and since you've hopefully given birth to happy healthy babies, you might even have more advice...My husband and I have definitely decided to store our child's cord blood, but we're not sure where. We have one recommendation so far, but I was hoping others might have some additional advice. Thank you for any insight you might have!!! Sara
I am not sure anyone here did the cord blood banking. I think you should just find a group and research hoe long they have been in business and cost, etc. As some of the ladies on here have stated there are some studies that say delayed cord cutting has more benefit for your baby and you have to choose one or the other. Unless there is a real reason to bank it of course....
congrats on your upcoming baby! Good luck finding what is best for your family.
Thanks so much for that response, your suggestion to research companies that have been in the business for a long time helped lead my husband and me to Genecord. If anyone else is considering private storage, I'd highly recommend them. They're far more affordable than most private storage facilities, they've been a stable fixture in the business for decades, and the people there are very helpful and friendly. Thanks again, and happy mothering!!!!