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I actually have something useful and intelligent to pass on for once!<br><br>
I've always been interested in the idea of cord blood donation, but the cost always scared us away. The benefits seem really great, but the fees are SO high! I always wondered why I couldn't "donate" a portion of our sample to research and thereby "pay" for our storage costs.<br><br>
I just read an excellent article in The Compleat Mother, "Severed Lifeline: The Pathology and Economics of Umbilical Cord Blood Collection." Issue 86, Summer 2007 pgs 18-20. If you're looking for copies, visit <a href="http://www.CompleatMother.com" target="_blank">www.CompleatMother.com</a><br><br>
It turns out that not so very long ago (as little as a decade ago) donating cord blood for free was quite common. These for-profit-corporations are relatively new on the scene. By the late 1990's the top three had annual revenues of $300 million. Now hey, I've got nothing against making money and being successful, but you should know there ARE other options out there before you go paying thousands of dollars for this. Oh, and incidentally, your providers have a vested interest in steering you towards these for profit companies. It seems that as YOU are shelling out your cold hard cash for storage and collection costs, your provider is getting a kickback for recruiting you. Doesn't that just burn your tatas?!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
Bush signed legislation in 2006 to form a national cord blood bank (it may be shocking for some of us to hear he did something right for once.) Up to 90% of people can find a match here-there's no need to store your own. Apparently, it's fairly rare to use your own blood for personal treatment. Usually samples should come from anonymous matches, because then there's less likelihood that the sample contains the same disease or defect being treated. So, its better to give than to hoard anyway! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
For more non-biased information on cord blood banking, you can check out <a href="http://www.parentsguidecordblood.org" target="_blank">www.parentsguidecordblood.org</a> . If you are looking for a good bank to donate to, you can check out <a href="http://www.parentscordblood.org" target="_blank">www.parentscordblood.org</a> where you will find a list of banks- both for-profit and non-profit and ratings for all of them.<br><br>
Happy hunting! I haven't been to either site yet, so I can't comment on the quality, I wanted to get this information out as soon as I could! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Another way private banks hoodwink their customers is by making it out like "accepting a small" sample is a benefit of their service. Public banks will not accept small samples because they are useless; they do not contain enough cells. However, private banks will try to cater to the delayed clamping crowd as well as those who samples ended up being small and then charge them full price for collection and storage of a sample that will never be adequate for body volume. They use "some is better than none" line...and the proof is quite lacking. The icing on the cake is the full charge for storage.<br><br>
some more info here in this thread:<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=802121&highlight=cord" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...highlight=cord</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> thanks for sharing.
 
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