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Will/did you bank cord blood for future babies?

post #1 of 8
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Is there a benfit to banking cord blood for future babies after you've had a sick baby with an ICU stay? DS2 wasn't premature but had heart surgery @ 2 weeks for a heart defect. We didn't bank his blood. I'm wondering if we should look into banking future children's blood. At the very least maybe it can help DS2 should he ever have issues down the road. Does anyone know exactly what cord blood banking is used for? Will you bank cord blood for future children?
post #2 of 8
We had intended to bank DD's cord blood but didn't get the chance - though with the pre-e and her blood flow problems I wonder if there would have been much worth banking. If we were to have more children I'd probably bank it.

I don't have any answers on your questions though.
post #3 of 8
Nope-but I did donate it to a bank. The reason I havent is simply that donated cord blood works just as well and from what I've read, getting donated cord blood is pretty easy, its not like trying to get a kidney or something. So IF, by some rare chance my kids actually had a condition that could be treated with cord blood (there are not many conditions that can be and the ones that can are pretty rare), I'd use the donated cord blood.

Its also why I donated my kids-hopefully some other child will get use out of it instead of it sitting in a private cord blood bank going to waste.
post #4 of 8
List Of Diseases and Disorders That Can Now Be Treated (not necessarily cured) By Using Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells.

Bone Marrow Disorders
Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia
Aplastic anaemia (severe)
Diamond-Blackfan anaemia
Dyskeratosis congenita
Fanconi anaemia
Kostmann's syndrome
Immune System Disorders
Leukocyte adhesion deficiency
Omenn's syndrome
Reticular dysplasia
Severe combined immune deficiency
Thymic dysplasia
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
X-linked lymphoproliferative disease
Blood Disorders
Sickle-cell anaemia
Cooley's anaemia
Cancers
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Acute myelogenous leukaemia
Burkitt's lymphoma
Chronic myelogenous leukaemia
Hodgkin's lymphoma
Juvenile chronic myelogenous leukaemia
Juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia
Liposarcoma
Myelodysplastic syndrome
Neuroblastoma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Metabolic Conditions
Adrenoleukodystrophy
Batten disease
Gunther disease
Hunter syndrome
Hurler syndrome
Krabbe disease
Lesch-Nyhan disease
Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome
Other Diseases
Evans syndrome
Hemaphagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
Langerhan's cell histiocytosis
Osteopetrosis

I could be wrong but it doesnt seem like your ds would be at any higher risk than any other child for these things. So while you still might decide to bank your other childrens cord blood, I wouldnt do it simply because your first had heart surgery.
post #5 of 8
I've always heard that donating is the best thing to do because A) It's free and B) a match is a match whether it comes from your own blood or donated cord blood
post #6 of 8
I would have donated the girls' cords if I had known that the hospital participated (the hospital at which I was orignally scheduled to give birth did not, and somehow when I was in PTL, the whole cord blood question didn't come to mind). I would donate the cord with any future baby, even though I'm not having any. Banking is so expensive.

What I wish is that I had been able to bank some of my own blood to give to my girls when they needed transfusions. We are the same type and everything, but since I had just had surgery, I couldn't give it to them when they needed it.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the info, I never knew that you could donate the bloor or that donor blood was available if needed.
post #8 of 8
Here you have to pay to bank cord blood, and we just couldn't afford it at the time. Instead when Hayden had to have a blood transfusion we had his dad blood typed and we did what is called Direct Donor, and had the Red Cross bank dads' blood and used it for the baby. Direct Donor blood storage with the Red Cross is free.

We just had to make sure dad had the same blood type. Which luckly all 4 of us have the same type. Moms can't donate for 6 weeks after birth. Actually i'd been told 6 months by one doctor then 6 weeks by about 4 other doctors.

All you have to do is just ask a nurse in the NICU about Direct Donor. We were prepared for the transfusion. The doctor said most preemies have 1 sometimes 2 transfusions before they go home so we were prepared.
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