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i am just doing some research on this right now and was wondering what everyone else was thinking..<br><br>
i know there is an institute in alberta where you can donate and they store for free, but there are stringent guidelines..<br><br>
anyone have any useful info or thoughts?
 

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I know it is really really expensive and i thought that if you left the cord to stop pulsating can delayed cutting the cord that there was not much blood left for banking. I guess i just feel that the baby should get all the blood it can when it is born
 

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We didn't with DS.<br><br>
Now we are thinking probably this is our last child, so maybe we will look into it.<br><br>
DH is a scientist with his own lab. I've wondered if we could do it and then store it in his freezer to avoid the long-term costs of storage!<br><br>
Maybe a little crazy... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Of course, DH is doing work every day that will hopefully eliminate the stem cell debate/ethical problem in the future. He uses somatic cells to regrow useful tissues. Now, his work is with tadpoles and other animal systems, but I truly believe people's lives will be saved in the future because of the work my husband does. Amazing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
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We don't do it. I think it's better for baby to be able to get the blood they need and to discard the blood cells they do not. I read an article, and I can't remember where, that baby's can send blood back into the placenta after birth to discard an over abundance of red cells should the need arise. I'll have to look for that stuff. It's been a few years since I was researching the issue, so it could be in a file somewhere or packed in the basement....Interesting though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">but I truly believe people's lives will be saved in the future because of the work my husband does. Amazing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
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Tell your husband thanks on behalf of me and the rest of the world!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
oh and the cord blood thing.... this might be misinfo but I BELIEVE, the chances of some one in your own family are very slim, as told to me by my MW two years ago... could be different now but I dont know.
 

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Donation is usually free (or should be) but banking is pricey. We tried to donate last time (hospital birth, cord severed immediately), but there wasn't enough cord blood. This time we're planning a homebirth. I asked my MW and she said I could get the kit, but she is a firm believer in allowing the cord to stop pulsing before it's cut, so there's rarely enough left for a cord blood draw.
 

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We looked into it and found out it's more hype than fact. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> There are many things cord blood can be used for if it's stored properly and even then it's only good for a certain amount of time (most storage places will try to refute this to get you to bank longer with them).<br><br>
There are also a lot of things they want it to be used for/good for, but the research just isn't there yet. So a lot of what they say it can "cure"...well, it may be true in 10 years, but it's not today, right now, this minute when you're going to be banking the blood.<br><br>
The other thing that has come to me over time is the realization that I don't want to plan for a major illness. If it happens, we'll deal with it. But good nutrition, exercise and hygiene are most important. I would rather prevent as I can and donate the cord blood to someone who needs it right now.<br><br>
Jenn
 

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i wasn't thinking about banking it so much as donating for research. seems like a worthy cause if it can be helpful for the future.
 

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I honestly think it's a great idea. It takes a little while to fill out all the paperwork, but after that you're all set and someone might benefit from it. My feeling was that if we're not going to use it, and someone else can, why not give it to them? (Heck, I'm giving my MW the placenta this time around so she can use it as garden fertilizer! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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Okay, you titled the post "cord blood banking" so I assumed you were going to bank your own blood.<br><br>
If you will be at a hospital that does donations, definitely donate it! We're not by one so we can do it - wish we could!<br><br>
Jenn
 

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sorry rabrog - i was just looking into the whole thing when i posted that - wasn't sure WHAT the options were.. but didn't mean to be unclear.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 
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